My pottery education has been self directed. For the past thirty five years I've studied both independently
as well as with some of the best potters of our time.
My interest in pottery started in my thirties after a successful modeling career with the Eileen Ford agency. At the
time I was raising my young family and took my first evening ceramic class at the local high school;
Soon after that we moved to Ontario, Canada where my husband Jim worked in television. In the six years we
lived there, I started two retail businesses - a craft and antique shop and a craft gallery, built a gas kiln and continued
making pots while availing myself of the wonderful intensive workshops offered at the many local colleges in
After six years in Canada, my husband was offered a television show (Card Sharks) in Southern California, so we
sold the house and gallery and and headed west. Our children were thrilled with the prospect and quickly adapted
to the joys of California living - surfing, skateboarding, tennis and snow skiing in shorts. It was teenage heaven!
I set up a studio in the garage in our house in Northridge for a couple of years and then in the early 80's we moved
to Montecito, a lovely town just south of Santa Barbara. The town gave me a permit to work at home and to build a
double bourry box wood kiln that I had designed. Tom Collins, who had been an apprentice to Peter Voulkos built
the kiln while I contributed days of brick cutting.
Our current home, studio studio and gallery are in the small town of Bakersville, in the beautiful mountains of
western North Carolina.
List of some of the workshops I've attended:
Gordon Barnes (Seneca College, Ontario Canada - throwing, Kiln design, Intensive)
Kent Dewalt (glaze chemistry Sheridan School of Design, Oakville, Ontario Canada)
Angela Fina (hands on throwing intensive Mohawk College, Ontario)
Ruth Gowdy McKinley
Karen Karnes (hands on intensive throwing and design)
Vivika Heino (intensive and certificate in glaze chemistry)
Juan Quesada (hands on Primitive firing)
Annette Corcoran (hands on intensive)
Paul Soldner (hands on low salt fire intensive)
Craig Martell and Linda Owen
McKenzie Smith (soda firing intensive)
American Ceramic Society
Toe River Arts Council