I was encouraged to take up pottery by my late husband. I started at the Flint Institute of Art with instructor Kathryn Sharbaugh in the early eighties. Hand building is the style of pottery I prefer. I attended classes off and on until we moved to Lansing where I took classes at the Greater Lansing Potters Guild. Then I joined Clayworks Pottery Studio and have been doing pottery since.
What inspires me most is nature. I traveled to France and visited the Limoges Museum where I was able to see a kitchen wall made entirely of pottery. It was complete with a pottery stove, back plate, etc., totally decorated in the style of Limoges. I am also influenced by museums all over the world, which I have been fortunate enough to visit. I am influenced by architecture as well.
With pottery you can create anything in any dimension, shape or style. I started by mostly making gifts and I continue to marvel at creations in clay.