I was a young military bride living in Great Falls Montana in 1973. It was there I took my first pottery class at the base craft center at the tender age of 22. I learned just enough to fall in love with clay.
I spent the next 30 years traveling the globe having children and admiring and collecting the work of other ceramists. I lived in England, Holland and Japan and acquired many beautiful pieces along the way.
My family settled in Spokane in 1984. When my life took a few turns, the opportunity to learn the craft I loved and have my own studio presented itself. In 2006 I began with classes at the local community college under the fortunate direction of Lee Ayers and Mardis Nenno. Both of whom are wonderful teachers.
Eager to learn, I pursued many workshops given by great artists whose work I admired. I figured since I was starting late I needed to learn from the best. Stephen Hill, Pete Pinnell, John Britt, Gay Smith, Les Manning, Carol Gouthro, Robin Hopper are just some of my wonderful international teachers.
I really enjoy working on the wheel as well as altering the forms the wheel provides. I mix all my glazes from raw materials ensuring that the food surfaces are stable and non-toxic.
My work is inspired by the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest. From the Palouse wheat lands that feed the world to the verdant ferny Olympic peninsula, I am always inspired by the beauty I find in my own back yard.
My hope is that the pieces I make will be used often with affection. I sincerely thank you for your interest in my work.