Working with clay puts me in touch with one of our world’s oldest art forms. Recently I travelled to China and saw clay structures and a wood kiln that is 6,000 years old. As in the distant past, clay molds easily whether utilitarian or artful, and when completed it takes a solid shape allowing me to share my creative expressions. I’ve dabbled in other art forms including sketching, painting, and quilting.
My creations are usually utilitarian including pie plates, mugs, tumblers, bowls, vases, lidded vessels, dishes and more. Creating pie plates was my reason for starting pottery. I often carve or paint on pots. My greatest joy is helping my grandchildren create their pots; I provide the wet pot and then my grandchildren carve and paint on the pot giving it their unique expression. I use a variety of clays: dark clay, light clay, porcelain or a combination of clay bodies. I have primarily fired in an electric kiln, but have also fired in gas, wood, and raku kilns.
I have been creating pottery since 2008 and I’ve been a member of Clayworks Pottery Studio since 2011.