I started my formal art training, studying Art Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. I learned how to run an active pottery when I apprenticed with Cleota Reed in Syracuse. Since then I have taken instruction from several nationally known ceramicists. In Virginia, I joined the TFAC as an original member, taught and directed The Art League’s Pottery Workshop for 16 years. I also taught two years for NOVA. Moving to Pennsylvania, I opened and ran a gallery in New Hope for a couple years and now am part of Red Tulip Gallery in Newtown which I helped form. My work is in institutional installations, used for corporate awards, in Trenton City Museum’s permanent collection and in private collections worldwide.
Much of work is high fire stoneware. I use various construction methods but mostly throw my pieces on the potter’s wheel. My stoneware needs good form before I draw designs into it or pierced through the sides. In most cases, I carve the rim to accent the piercings. Applying layers of my original glazes, enhances their form with grace and depth of color, showing off the linear patterns and pierced designs. My functional work has to function well.
I also do Raku which is a type of firing. With this method in mind I shape my pieces, applying texture and/or appendages during the making. I use shiny glazes, smoking it to bring out lush sometimes iridescent colors combined with matte glazed surfaces which are flamed, to produce a myriad of color. I like for this contrast. After the firing, I accent some with various combinations of beads, found feathers, faux fur, and horse hair.