I’ve been a potter for the last 12 years. I have always loved art – all facets – drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. I was an elementary art teacher for 25 years sharing my love of all of these things with children. I returned to school and received a Master’s degree from Roosevelt and the Art Institute of Chicago. At that point I still loved all aspects of my field so I worked on a “dabbler’s masters” a Masters of General Studies in the Visual Arts. It was during that time that I discovered my affinity for clay. After my master’s degree was completed, I continued classes at Lil Street Gallery in Chicago where my passion for clay grew. I studied there for three years while figuring out how to set up a home studio so I could more easily get my fingers in clay. In 2013 I moved my clay studio from the Midwest to beautiful Grass Valley. My focus as I looked for a house was to find one where I could set up a studio where I lived. Most of my work is done on the wheel. I then alter the basic forms and embellish with hand building. I find that my work has become more organic since moving here; influenced by the beautiful natural environment I now live in. I also mix all my own glazes in my studio and am constantly experimenting with new colors, surfaces, and forms.