I have been making pottery for over thirty years. In my early days, I started making pottery to offset the stress of teaching. The process of kneading the dough and feeling the clay move between my hands gave me a sense of peace and centered my life.
I originally started this Journey in Roanoke Virginia. My first lesson was on a kick-wheel. Later I worked in Orangeburg, SC at the local Arts Center. Most recently I have been involved with the outreach program at Emerge in Greenville, NC. At Emerge, I have had a variety of great teachers that have helped me grow and find my voice as a potter. I have participated in workshops in France and the United States.
My inspiration as a potter comes from nature itself. The clay comes from the earth and lends itself to natural colors and hues. The pots are fired to temperatures above 2000 F and are vitrified as the earth vitrifies rocks and stones. I studied forestry before I chose a career in science education and have always enjoyed the outdoors. I love trees and nature. Each item that I make is a unique piece of useful art. I hope you will enjoy my pots.