Ceramic art has long been my primary means of self expression. Clay draws me in, invites me to create in an intuitive way. I started playing around with clay in high school, and the love of making and forming things from scratch got me hooked. From the beginning, there has always been something deeply primal about the way working in clay feeds my soul.
Attending the Kansas City Art Institute--and later Alfred University--expanded my love of ceramics. Being a dreamer and intuitive artist while in my 20's, I pursued my desire to make sculptural figurative ceramics. I dabbled in functional work but focused on my love of sculptural ceramics with a passion, producing many large-scale pieces. I continued making primarily sculptural work into my 30's, until I had a child and bought a house.
Family life became increasingly busy with more responsibilities, and my focus shifted from sculptural to functional work. Now I am producing mainly decorative functional pottery that is partially wheel thrown and partially hand built, though I do still make smaller-scale ceramic sculpture.
Selling art has changed dramatically from when I started making work, when I sold mostly in galleries and shops. Now, however, social media provides a platform for selling directly to customers, I especially enjoy selling my work face to face at art fairs and markets all over northern California.
My studies began at the Kansas City Art Institute, continued at Wichita State University, and culminated at Alfred University, where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I have enjoyed artist-in-residence positions at both the Mendocino Art Center and Sonoma Community Center. My experience also includes assisting with a summer workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and making work at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
I currently live in Placerville, California with my husband and our daughter.