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There are those who knew from a very early age what they were born to do and never looked back. That was not me!

If we skip the really childish dreams of being a princess, rock star, astronaut, and go on to more practical aspirations of teacher, advertising executive, engineer, and doctor we still would have not hit potter until well into the double digits. That is OK. I think of life as a journey. Sometimes we are not meant to take the straightest path, or the safest for that matter. In the end, with the support of a loving family, I followed my heart and explored and indulged my creative spirit. Thus began my journey as an “artist”.

It all started with a night-time watercolor class ten years ago. At first I was frustrated with the technicalities of floating and shifting puddles of color on paper, but I soon embraced the challenge and…

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  • Joined September 20, 2009

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There are those who knew from a very early age what they were born to do and never looked back. That was not me!

If we skip the really childish dreams of being a princess, rock star, astronaut, and go on to more practical aspirations of teacher, advertising executive, engineer, and doctor we still would have not hit potter until well into the double digits. That is OK. I think of life as a journey. Sometimes we are not meant to take the straightest path, or the safest for that matter. In the end, with the support of a loving family, I followed my heart and explored and indulged my creative spirit. Thus began my journey as an “artist”.

It all started with a night-time watercolor class ten years ago. At first I was frustrated with the technicalities of floating and shifting puddles of color on paper, but I soon embraced the challenge and experienced the joy of making something truly unique. I could hardly call my first attempts "art" but the joy came from the process more than the product.

Never one, to do one thing, when I could be doing three things simultaneously, I soon ventured into acrylics, ceramics, sculpture and most recently jewelry design. The lessons I have learned from each of these modalities has influenced my work in the others. It was the love of clay, however, that moved my creative spirit more than any other. It was simultaneously challenging, frustrating and rewarding.

Each of my pieces are hand made, either on the potters wheel or hand built using slab construction. After bisque firing in a potter oven, called a kiln, they are then hand painted with glaze and fired a second time. Having a love of painting and color I have a hard time limiting the number of colors I use on each piece. When I take the pieces out of the kiln for the second time, depending on the result I put each piece in one of four categories: ready for use, needs a little more uumph ( needs to be re-glazed ), belongs in my garden of shame ( beautiful but fatally flawed ), or needs to be returned to the earth.

The result, after a second firing in the kiln, is a three dimensional piece of art that is truly one of a kind. Because I fire my pieces to over 2100 degree Fahrenheit, and use lead free glazes these piece of art are also food, oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. In other words perfect for everyday use! I make everything from mugs, bowls, plates, platters, sake sets, stem less wine goblets, tea pots, sponge holders, and yarn bowls, to soap dishes. These are the perfect one of a kind birthday, wedding, anniversary, baby shower, graduation, hostess and housewarming gifts that will reflect how much you value and treasure all the special people in your lives. When you "live your art" you make everyday truly special

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