I create functional art from clay. I love the beauty of nature—both the complexities and the simple lines—and I want the owner of my pottery to enjoy the beauty of the piece and its functionality. Creating a piece of pottery with my hands—envisioning its form, contours and textures—brings me great pride and fulfillment.
Initially I concentrated solely on wheel thrown pieces. As my experience has grown, I have expanded my art using nature as my inspiration to create hand built pieces. I use actual leaves in my pieces utilizing the veins and shapes of the leaves. Dragonflies and frogs add ‘whimsy’ to some of my pieces. I enjoy combining thrown vessels with hand built pieces, stretching the shape and contours. I also bring other media such as metals, wood, beads and fiber into my pieces.
Pottery is a very sensual as well as visual art form. I love creating the form and shape, adding texture, and then adding the glaze colors. Seeing the final result when the kiln is opened is like seeing the bud of a rose open.
I recently remarried and moved to Granbury, Texas, only an hour from Fort Worth. I have two grown children, Katie and Christopher and have two beautiful granddaughters! I am a retired Arlington, Texas Elementary Art Teacher. A graduate of San Diego State University, I taught school in Australia for two years before marrying and starting my family. I enjoy traveling and learning about art in other countries and cultures; last year I was fortunate to travel to Paris, France where the highlight of the trip was the time spent in Monet’s Garden.
I exhibit my art at various art shows and have been awarded 2nd place at the Campfire Artists’ Christmas Fundraiser Gala, 2nd place at the Trinity Art’s Guild Art Show for two years, and 1st place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Art in the Garden Art Show. I have been juried into the Campfire Artist’s Christmas Art Show fundraiser for seven years. I also was awarded 1st place at the Keller Art Show for Grapevine Art Project Artists.