My background with clay happened because I needed to express myself with a medium that would allow me to use a hands-on approach. Having started with lamp worked glass beads and continuing on with fused glass, I soon realized this medium did not allow for the direct use of my hands on the finished piece. In my drive for creativity, I searched the internet to locate instructions for the making of pottery. I did not realize what a terrific hold this would take on my life.
I took my first class in January of 2004 and became totally hooked which led to becoming a member of Clayworks Pottery Studio in 2006. Inspiration for new pieces have come about from conversations with customers, relatives, and friends because of their needs, wants and desires. I even dream about creating pottery and what effect different glazes would have on the pieces. My goal is to create pottery that is functional and/or unique. My work has been shown at craft shows in various small towns including Eaton Rapids, with the Clayworks pottery show in Lansing and at the studio in Wacousta.
Currently, I am sharing what I love doing by teaching (and assisting others in teaching) the techniques of creating pottery by not only throwing on the wheel but with hand-building too.