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Having come from a creative family of wood carvers, wood workers, musicians, pastel artists, concrete artist and writers, I have been around paints, saws, welders, carving tools, etc. so nothing is out of bounds.

After high school I attended Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin and received a degree in Commercial Art. I then veered off course and worked for the next 23 years in the field of Landscape Architecture. Man, did I miss my art!

Somewhere during that time I began an odyssey to discover what exactly is my art. That journey took me through watercolor, woodworking, silk painting, stained glass, welding and ceramics, all of which are self taught. I have to say I love them all but clay seems to always draw me in again. I love the raw earthy quality of clay which can become a piece of art or pottery that lasts for years…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 18
  • Joined January 17, 2008

Favorite materials

clay, glaze, glass, stone, wood, metal, wire, paint

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About

Having come from a creative family of wood carvers, wood workers, musicians, pastel artists, concrete artist and writers, I have been around paints, saws, welders, carving tools, etc. so nothing is out of bounds.

After high school I attended Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin and received a degree in Commercial Art. I then veered off course and worked for the next 23 years in the field of Landscape Architecture. Man, did I miss my art!

Somewhere during that time I began an odyssey to discover what exactly is my art. That journey took me through watercolor, woodworking, silk painting, stained glass, welding and ceramics, all of which are self taught. I have to say I love them all but clay seems to always draw me in again. I love the raw earthy quality of clay which can become a piece of art or pottery that lasts for years.

My pottery is made of stoneware clay that has been rolled into a slab and then carved into tiles and murals or used for slab built pieces. The pieces are then bisque fired to approximately 1900 degree, glazed or painted with stains and oxides and then glaze fired to approximately 2200 degrees. I also incorporate wire, glass, stone and anything I can think of into some decorative pieces.

I joined etsy about 2 years ago and love the community of artists. However due to responsibilities at home I haven't been able to list and moniter my site until now. I'm so excited to finally be on!!

Thank you so much for your interest!!

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