I grew up in New Hampshire, in the Hanover area where my
family had a small farm of sheep and chickens. I still have deep roots in the
area and visit regularly with my family.
I began my relationship with clay at a very young age and have been making pots
for over two decades. In high school I had the opportunity to take classes with
a great teacher and potter that got me excited about clay. By the time I was a
senior in high school I had a wheel and kiln.
These 4 photos are from the portfolio I
submitted with my college applications. I still throw on my original 1977
My father (a retired psychiatrist) dedicated his time to
blacksmithing and metal sculpture. He was very much into his craft and
supported me in my artistic development. My first real ceramic training was
through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. I learned some good basic
techniques and was then able teach myself how to move them along. I continued
studying ceramics through college, apprenticed for several well established studio
potters in Western Massachusetts and maintained a small studio of my own.
Over the years my work as a potter has been interwoven
with her other endeavors in the business world. After college I worked in the
film industry as an editor for about 10 years. Eventually I went back to
school and got my MBA and found a path in marketing. My last corporate job was
at Reuters as a Vice President Marketing & PR.
Several years ago when my children were young (they still
are!) I stopped working full time and ended my commute into New York
City. I am fortunate that I have more time to spend with my family and
with my clay.
Creating art with emphasis on functional forms - has
always been a driving force in my work. My portfolio of work spans from slab
vases and boxes to specialty serving pieces. I make a large selection of bowls,
serving dishes and utilitarian pieces. It's important to me that what I make -
gets used in everyday life - and can be really enjoyed. I use lots of my own
pieces in my kitchen, in the microwave and dishwasher too. It feels good to eat
out of something that was handmade and has a special meaning.
My husband, two middle school aged children and Australian Shepherd have all learned to put
up with my clay filled clothes and bandana.