Meet the Artist
What led you to express yourself in clay?
I discovered clay in grade school and it never let me go. I have never doubted my decision to work in clay. In many ways I don’t feel like I had a choice. It’s been more than twenty five years and I still wake eager to go to the studio and get my hands dirty. No matter how challenging the day maybe, because clay can be temperamental, I will at least experience knowledge through trail and error and at best will be in the spirited flow of creative energy.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Nature, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts Movement, the figure, my dog, life in general, light, the way weeds grow through the cracks in sidewalks, my emotions, occasionally the emotions of others. I make happy work that I hope elicits a celebratory feeling towards human, animal, and botanical life.
Where did you train
I have a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute. There I learned that there are many types of relationships and lifestyles than what I learned growing up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, it startled me and it opened me up. It took me weeks to understand why that woman kept winking at me.
Why is this charity important to you?
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was twelve and died the year I turned sixteen. How my father reacted to her loss has deeply affected me as well as my five siblings. When we talk about now; it amazes me how different each of our experiences were. The youngest was 11 and the oldest 30. It’s hard to lose a parent at any age.
How has art molded your outlook on life?
I feel more molded by family, events, and experiences. Art has changed the way I look at and see the world, to quote a fellow artist and friend Leslie Goldman, “The more I see the more I see beauty, the more beauty I see. Because of this it helps me to better handle the early experiences of my life.
What advice do you have for aspiring potters today?
Make sure you like marketing as much as your medium.