I loved and collected hand-made ceramic work throughout my university years. My passion for making works 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 and, while pursuing a career in education, 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 was able to explore this technique more fully. I set up a studio at home. I began to participate in group ceramic shows sponsored by the professional art groups to which I belonged and undertook a solo show at the Jericho Arts Centre. I have also been a member of Artists In Our Midst since 2006 and open my home each spring as part of their Vancouver Westside community art walk. I am a proud contributor to Arts Umbrella’s fundraiser, Splash, having donated to the evening’s silent auction each year since 2007.