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I began my career in horticulture, ran out of vases, so took a class in pottery and my life's journey was changed forever. Though I loved horticulture, and wasn't certain where this new passion was taking me, I knew I could not live without clay.
After 12 years of being a strictly functional potter, I found sculpting and my journey was altered once again. For me, sculpting is pure magic. I usually start with a realistic representation, either of a person or an animal. They suddenly emerge into vibrant, eccentric creatures, hanging out around my studio and on my pots. I seldom know what I'll find during a day in my studio, but the challenge and discovery are always exciting.
My latest adventure is with bronzing. With the help of a grant, I have begun to have some of my clay turtles bronzed and am excited to see where this new path will lead as my focus changes from art fairs to showcasing my work at public venues around the state.
My work has been featured in the books 500 Animals in Clay, 500 Tiles, and Making Ceramic Sculpture. It is also part of the permanent collection at Lansing Community College, Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mi., has been displayed in the Michigan Governor's Residence, has been part of the Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids, Mi. - including a top 25, 3D category finish in 2014 and has been featured in the Pewabic Pottery gallery since 1998.
In my life I have been blessed with 3 of the most amazing teachers: Nancy Plum, who taught me clay at the Greater Lansing Potters' Guild, Margaret Meade Turnbull who taught me painting and drawing at Lansing Community College, and Sharon Sommers who taught me sculpting at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. With strength, knowledge, encouragement, and dedication, all three of these teachers have helped build the foundation of my life in art and changed my life's path in profound ways. I owe them everything.