I am a potter because my soul has the need to create and my hands need to connect with natural materials for extended periods of time. I grew up on a farm and usually had my hands in dirt. My sisters and I made play dishes from the slick white mud that was in the ditches of our dirt roads. Much of my adult life involved starting and developing businesses that mostly revolved around using my hands: florist shop, catering, landscaping, seasonal decorating, faux painting, tiling, scrapbooking, etc.
About ten years ago I had the opportunity to take my first pottery class. I was hooked. I knew from the beginning that I was not destined to be a functional potter—folk art seemed more me at the time. I wanted to make ceramics that could be used to decorate outdoor living spaces—the porch and garden. Totems, birdhouses, wall sculptures, planters and wind chimes continue to be some of my favorite items to create. Each year I also design and make angels that can be hung in windows or on a tree. These have become treasures of those who enjoy adding to their angel collection and for gifting special friends and family members. I am fascinated by all the textures around us and most of my pottery is impressed with textures of some type. I am continually trying new ideas for pottery items that excite me to make. By hand building most of the pottery I make, I also fulfill my enjoyment of geometry and engineering.
I have always believed in the beauty of handmade objects and making pottery is for me a way to slow down and connect with the creative nature with which I was blessed.