I gather much of my inspiration from personal experiences, the environment, and my travels. I am passionate about global warming and wildlife. I have been inspired by the strong women in my family. These themes make regular appearances in my work.
I work in a cooperative clay studio, sharing space, inspiration and camaraderie with several other ceramic artists.
What type of clay do you use?
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Do you make any of your own tools?
I repurpose many household items to make forms and slump molds for my work.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
The camaraderie with other artists.
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
A bigger kiln, a wider sheeter, a recipe for a truly clear matte glaze.
What’s on your current reading list?
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Reclaiming scrap clay.
How do you recharge creatively?
I love to walk in the woods and spend time observing wildlife. This is true no matter what the season. Even winter brings lichens and fungi!
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
I pick one activity for the day: preparing slabs, forming, painting or glazing. I save a lot of cleanup time that way.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Building larger, straight vessels with confidence.
What did you first piece look like?
It was a tiny, thrown bowl with inconsistent height, but a beautiful surface decorated with clay appliques.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
I would speed up the drying process without risk of cracking! Since my pieces are usually large, drying can take more than a week.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Dolores Kirschner because she convinced me that I was an artist and gave me confidence to explore!
What is your studio playlist?
Folk music or classic rock.
Why do you create art?
I have things that I want to say about the environment and about the strong women who inspire me. I can express that better with art than with words.
What is your best studio tip?
Don’t waste time trying to rescue a piece that you don’t like. Just smash it and start the next one!
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
I wish it didn’t shrink!
Ceramics Monthly Articles
Tips and Tools: Thermocouple StiltsWith a bit of time and a dependable clay body, you can upcycle spent thermocouples into high-temperature stilts.