I love to make boxes, including stacked forms, platters, plates, cups, and vessels for flower arranging. I am interested in how my work either contains space or how it relates to the objects, food, or flowers that it holds. I hope that other people enjoy this aspect of my work too.
I hand build most of my work from slabs of clay. Recently I have been experimenting with using multiple layers of slip on the wet slab, making marks through the layers at each stage with my hand or different tools, sometimes even a broom, and also scraping through the slip to show the clay body underneath. After the slab is decorated shapes can be cut out and formed. I am excited by this process that creates a dynamic surface that reminds me of printmaking.
I fire my work in an electric kiln at my home studio or in a wood fired kiln with a group of people in Quarryville, PA. I love the natural ash deposits and flashing of the wood firing and the fact that wood firing introduces a spontaneous quality that is somewhat beyond my control.
I studied biology at Earlham College and later went back to school to Bennington College to study ceramics and photography where I was very fortunate to be able to work with Stanley Rosen and Neil Rappaport. I later studied art education at the University of Vermont. When I was at Earlham College I had the chance to live and study in Japan and that has been a continuing source of inspiration for me. Until recently I worked part time in a research lab at the Hershey Medical Center as a research technician. Now I am a full time artist!
I have exhibited in state and national shows (including the PA Craft Show at the State Museum in Harrisburg, The Strictly Functional Pottery National Show, and the MWSU show, Twin Cups). I was included in the book, “From a Slab of Clay”, by Daryl E. Baird.
I live in Cornwall with my husband and son (and dog and cat), where I have a basement studio with views of the woods, deer, and flocks of wild turkeys.