I have been on this pottery making journey for forty years now after falling ridiculously in love with the process as an apprentice in the Berea college ceramics program. At the time I was certain that making pots could change the world, all I can say at this point is it certainly changed mine. After waiting tables, running a studio and eventually receiving my MFA from LSU, I found the way of working I still use today.
Generally, I have always been a studio potter, selling my work in wholesale and retail venues. Through the years I have won many awards, received one artist grant, one museum commission, taught a variety of workshops, been included in too many exhibits to count as well as in numerous books and publications. I live now, with my husband , two near by sons and a dog in Bakersville NC, a beautiful small town chock full of artists and craftsmen. Please come see me sometime, just call first!
I like to remind myself that life is indeed a gift. Making pots helps me to both remember and celebrate this belief. The process of exploring and reinventing within the inherent parameters of functional pottery inspires me to explore and question my assumptions within the inherent parameters of daily living as well. My influences range from the Land of Oz to the Isle of Crete, from Antonio Gaudi to Dr. Seuss. I use lavish textures and embellishments to underscore and make obvious the time and devotion I put into each piece. The organic forms both lumpy and lyrical, the sometimes ungainly proportions or the quirky feet are really all about the fun I have in the process of making. My use of color is simply an overt reference to joy. I want what I make to reflect my ideal, that our lives can be be imbued with a sense of energy and joy, which can be communicated and shared. That hope is what helps me move forward.