My work is inspired by the traditional crafts and folk art of many cultures, by the creations of ancient civilizations, and by the visual variety found in nature. I work primarily in clay and glass, combining these materials to create vessels, wall pieces, and abstract figures.
My work explores the patterns, designs and cultural motifs that I've encountered in travels and discovered in museums. I translate these into textures; carving and impressing designs into the moist clay. I'm always searching for objects that will make interesting marks. My prized collection of "texture tools" has been gathered in foreign countries as well as on walks in the woods. In this simple way, my art is a reflection of my experiences.
Through my process of collecting and combining elements from various cultures as well as nature, I create objects that share my sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.
I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and discovered ceramics as an undergraduate art major at UCSB, the University of California at Santa Barbara. Clay has been my passion and pursuit ever since. After graduation I stayed in Santa Barbara for a number of years and developed my skills working as a functional potter and part-time ceramics teacher. During these years I also organized workshops for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and founded and ran the Palm Park Craft Center for the Santa Barbara Recreation Department.
After six years I returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University. While in grad school I met the man who is now my husband. After graduation I moved to Hawaii (where he was living) to begin our life together.
Over the last 33 years my husband’s career has taken us to interesting locations, and in each place I established a studio, exhibited and sold my work, and developed lifelong friendships with wonderful artists. I have made connection with the arts community wherever we have lived, including Honolulu, Colorado, Connecticut, New York City and San Francisco. The most inspiring was NYC where I spent endless hours in museums and galleries, and also discovered and studied glass as an artixtic medium. For the last 20 years, much of my work has combined ceramics and glass.
I currently live half of the year in San Francisco and the other half in Evergreen, Colorado. I maintain a studio in each place; they provide very different working environments. In Colorado my studio in the woods is a few steps from our house. My San Francisco studio is in a busy urban neighborhood in a converted warehouse that I share with100 artists who work in a wide range od media. I treasure the contrast between these two situations: the solitude in one and the community in the other. The balance between the two has encouraged growth in my artistic practice.