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Born in Japan where my Dad was an American consul on the southern island, I spent a good deal of my childhood in various foreign countries. My mother collected folk crafts avidly so I was surrounded by ethnic arts from an early age. Which probably accounts in part for the fact that I became a potter/jeweler.

My MFA is from Claremont Graduate School near LA where I studied with Paul Soldner. And here I am some 30 odd years later still making pots and porcelain jewelry.

What can be made from clay? Some of my answers are here in this shop. And all of my answers seem to have taken the form of useful adornment for home and body. In fact if I could knit clay I'd be making clay sweaters.

I never seem to be able to get enough of that part of working with clay that is all about touch and response. This…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 29
  • Joined May 3, 2011

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porcelain, stoneware, glass, copper, silver, pearl, shell, coral, stone, bone

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Born in Japan where my Dad was an American consul on the southern island, I spent a good deal of my childhood in various foreign countries. My mother collected folk crafts avidly so I was surrounded by ethnic arts from an early age. Which probably accounts in part for the fact that I became a potter/jeweler.

My MFA is from Claremont Graduate School near LA where I studied with Paul Soldner. And here I am some 30 odd years later still making pots and porcelain jewelry.

What can be made from clay? Some of my answers are here in this shop. And all of my answers seem to have taken the form of useful adornment for home and body. In fact if I could knit clay I'd be making clay sweaters.

I never seem to be able to get enough of that part of working with clay that is all about touch and response. This is a part of making that seems to go both above and below the threshold of words. When immersed in making, time and words and lists become irrelevant. All that holds me is the clay, my contact with it and its response to that contact. And somewhere along the way little solidified pieces of this experience and passion remain. They remain to pick up and hold and place in a shop to be sold.

For more information on how I make my pieces and what is happening in my clay life please visit my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/porcelain.jazz. For a monthly update on Porcelain Jazz's events, organizations, and places of interest please subscribe to my e-newsletter at porcelainjazzpublications [!at] suddenlink.net

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