Even as a teen, I loved and collected hand-made ceramic work. My passion for working in clay began after graduating with degrees in education from Towson University and then Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After entering the teaching field, I decided to return to Towson University to take night courses in ceramics, including advanced studio. In 1977, I moved to Vancouver, Canada. While pursuing a career in education, I continued my interest in working in clay. I enrolled in community centre courses in Vancouver, attended workshops and completed a glaze course at Emily Carr. I also joined a pottery club, the Aberthau Potters, as well as the BC Potters Guild and the West Coast Clay Sculptors. Along the way I developed a particular interest in smoke-fired pottery. I read books and scanned the internet for techniques.
Upon retiring from education, I set up a studio at home. I was able to explore smoke-fired pottery more fully. I began to participate in group ceramic shows and sales sponsored by the art groups to which I belonged and undertook a solo show at the Jericho Arts Centre. I was a member of Artists In Our Midst and opened my home as part of their Vancouver Westside community art walk. I contributed to Arts Umbrella’s fundraiser, Splash, by donating to the evening’s silent auction.
I continue to take great pleasure in making functional ware and using glazes, firing both in electric kilns and gas kilns. I sell my functional ware twice yearly at the Aberthau Pottery Sale.