I consider myself a ceramic craftswoman. I accept the limitation that clay inherently presents and I happily strive for beauty and function with clay’s limitations. I am continuously inspired to create with my hands functional objects that are used in our daily living. I believe that unique and individualized pieces put us in touch with our personal relationships, enhance the experience of social gatherings and add the additional element of creativity to the living space.
Over the years I have made many functional items by hand, from spinning wool, knitting clothing, weaving fabrics, sewing useful garments, growing a vegetable garden, canning the produce from my garden and making functional pots to serve and eat from.
I started my professional career as a Registered Nurse, working in Critical Care. I eventually worked in management positions and was ultimately hired by a private company as an RN with my informatics background and worked for 15 years until I retired in 2015 as Director of Clinical Systems. This is all relevant as I had no background in fine art and only found ceramics at a later stage in my life as a relief from the pressures of a highly demanding job. My creative world opened up and flooded me with inspiration from my first community hand building class. From there I took figure sculpting and wheel classes and discovered that all forms of ceramic work are deeply satisfying to me.
As well as my dedication to functional ceramics, I am also in love with the human face and I take great pleasure in capturing the infinitely diverse expression and emotions from this very intimate form.