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I grew up in a family environment that included an appreciation for fine art. All of my siblings were blessed with some natural creativity and we were encouraged to follow our interests. In Junior High School, our art program had a potter’s wheel and a small kiln but the former was apparently for demonstration only. Somehow, I managed to do some hand-building all-the-while I was eyeing the wheel and imaging that it would be a lot of fun. My primary outlet for creativity was drawing and I took a few classes here and there as I dabbled in independent study. I reached a plateau in my adult life about five or six years ago and became convinced that my lack of spiritual connection was directly related to my lack of creative outlets and I attended the Ray Street at Night festival. There, I discovered the San Diego Art Department and signed up for the beginner ceramics class under the tutelage of Gabriel . I attended evening classes…

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  • Born on April 23
  • Joined May 6, 2012

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bmix clay by laguna

About

I grew up in a family environment that included an appreciation for fine art. All of my siblings were blessed with some natural creativity and we were encouraged to follow our interests. In Junior High School, our art program had a potter’s wheel and a small kiln but the former was apparently for demonstration only. Somehow, I managed to do some hand-building all-the-while I was eyeing the wheel and imaging that it would be a lot of fun. My primary outlet for creativity was drawing and I took a few classes here and there as I dabbled in independent study. I reached a plateau in my adult life about five or six years ago and became convinced that my lack of spiritual connection was directly related to my lack of creative outlets and I attended the Ray Street at Night festival. There, I discovered the San Diego Art Department and signed up for the beginner ceramics class under the tutelage of Gabriel . I attended evening classes there for 1-2 years and felt I had found a natural niche and comfortable place to channel my creative energy. I continued with a year or so of independent study at the UCSD Craft Center. My progress was rapid and I soon was throwing large well-formed vessels. When my mom recently died, my inheritance became my endowment and in her true love of all things beautiful and creative, I invested in enough equipment to start my own garage-based ceramic studio. To date, my work has been given to friends and family members and I am beginning to get the desire to start showing and/or selling my work. My favorite pieces are those that have been hand decorated in fine lines and those pieces that incorporate both wheel-thrown and hand-built components. Most of my pieces are functional although I also enjoy exploration of purely sculptural forms as well. I need more involvement with a ceramics/fine arts community to expand my creative horizons and to network with other devoted/working artists.

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