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I have an M.F.A. in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and make fine art work of all kinds. After years of teaching I am finally devoting myself to making art in my studio. My home is in Down East Maine where I live with my husband, sons and crazy dog, Poe.

I am known as a “Maker”. It’s a description that I am particularly fond of. It is vague enough to allow me be a crafter of many things from fine art photography to doggy and people scarves to elegant, yet funky bracelets, and even felted bunnies. Time in my studio finds me finds me drawing and making ceramic tiles as well.

There is an eccentric quality to my work. Each item I make is entirely unique, even when I try to employ a pattern. I embrace the beauty of the wool, clay, beads and tools, large…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 31
  • Joined January 20, 2010

Favorite materials

paper, pencils, Caran Dache crayons, paint, miyuki beads, gemstones, PMC clay, Miiyuki thread, Lagune 65 clay, glazes of all types, wool roving, buttons, yarns galore

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About

BIO

I have an M.F.A. in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and make fine art work of all kinds. After years of teaching I am finally devoting myself to making art in my studio. My home is in Down East Maine where I live with my husband, sons and crazy dog, Poe.

I am known as a “Maker”. It’s a description that I am particularly fond of. It is vague enough to allow me be a crafter of many things from fine art photography to doggy and people scarves to elegant, yet funky bracelets, and even felted bunnies. Time in my studio finds me finds me drawing and making ceramic tiles as well.

There is an eccentric quality to my work. Each item I make is entirely unique, even when I try to employ a pattern. I embrace the beauty of the wool, clay, beads and tools, large and small that I work with and love the colors, the textures and even the smells of the materials I use. The patterns used in my jewelry are designed in my head as I react to the beads in front of me. I let them tell me what the design is going to look like. I let nature guide me when I carve my tiles. In general I love the idea of sketching, in any medium, so most of my pieces are made with the spirit of exploration.

The beauty of the hand-made object is the love, care and inspiration that goes into the making. My hope is that people who wear my jewelry and scarves, hang one of my tiles on their wall, or hold their new fuzzy bunny, will feel like someone has hand made the item just for them.

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