I love the idea that we are all cells in the body of the human race - each with gifts and abilities to perform our unique jobs that serve the greater good. For as long as I can remember I have felt called to make things with my hands. The process of creating and designing brings me to life.
I also believe in the power of ultimates - that contained within this natural world is a higher state. For instance, a mug is a physical object which holds a drink. Pretty basic. But the process of holding that warm round mug, of drinking that favorite tea on a cozy rainy morning, there’s something powerful in that comfort. The affection in that natural object and act is it’s higher good. Our bodies are natural but hold our sprits within and that is their higher good. I keep this concept present in the work that I create in clay - that the beauty and functionality I can bring to a natural object allows the higher power to come through more clearly.
Clay is so delightfully messy. It’s playing in the mud. I love the process of taking this squishy, floppy material and shaping, refining, cleaning, finishing it into hard, precise shapes. Working with clay is easy enough that anyone can play but is also incredibly difficult to master. I’ve been working in this medium for more than 20 years and always feel that I’m improving and learning.
I’m blessed to have three boys (who are rapidly getting taller than me) so I’m a mom first. In addition to working in my home studio I get to teach ceramics and photography at Bryn Athyn College which keeps me happy because I like people a whole lot and need the human interaction outside of my house. I’m grateful for the opportunities in my life that provide me the space and safety to work as an artist. Ceramics Love Always Yes.
All my functional work is electric fired (cone 6) stoneware and is food/dishwasher safe.