My Life with clay started upon my retirement from the corporate world in 2001, I was able to take classes with a master potter and participate in different workshops to further my knowledge of the craft.
The many trips I have taken overseas visiting the historical areas of different cultures as well as my textile design background play an important role in my designs. The work is formed using either the potter’s wheel or slab building techniques and fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. The process requires much thought and preparation during all phases of the work, which keeps the mind very active !!! Over the course of my ceramic career I have found that I most enjoy creating containers, baskets, vases and vessels. I create pieces for everyday use that are functional but can also be considered a piece of art. All of the functional ware is food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe. My hand built pieces allow me to create the unusual shape and introduce texture that produces a somewhat edgy piece. I use 2-3 layers of different glazes on my pieces both commercial and my own glaze recipes as well as colored slips.
For my jewelry I use porcelain clay colored with ceramic stains. The different patterns such as stripes, checks, herringbone and abstract designs are used to create the earring and pendant designs. The jewelry pieces are lightweight, colorful and fun to wear.
What intrigues me about the craft is that I am a designer, a crafts person, a business manager, a chemist and a retailer. I have fallen in love with all aspects of the process, designing, throwing, trimming, hand building, glazing, firing and decorating. Most of all I love what I do everyday!
Education and Association memberships.
M.A. Textile Design – Kean University, Union, N.J.
B. A. Art Education – Kean University, Union, N.J.
Member of Naples Art Association
Member of Naples Art Crafters
Queen City Clay Studio – Norwood, Ohio
Rosewood Art Center – Kettering, Ohio