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. I recently began working in porcelain colored with ceramic stains. The different patterns such as stripes, checks, herringbone and abstract designs are used as decorative accents in my work. The patterns are either laminated onto to white porcelain or used as a whole to create the entire piece so that the design goes through from front to back.
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 !!! My work is both functional and decorative. 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.
I also use utilize the colored clay designs to create beads, pendants and earrings. 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
Dayton Visual Arts Center – Dayton, Ohio
Rosewood Art Center – Kettering, Ohio