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My introduction to clay came years ago while living in a small community in the northeastern corner of California, and working with local potters developing basic skills. Over the years I dabbled at making gifts for friends and family. A few years ago my dream came true when a friend helped me build a tiny studio in my backyard. I now have my own wheel, a slab roller, and a small bisque kiln. Like a personal zendo I use this space to find my center and explore the creative energy within me. The young potters that taught me years ago are still friends today. We come together on a regular basis to fire our work in wood, gas, or raku kilns at the Canyon Creek Pottery in Alturas, California. We use several great shino glaze recipes along with other more common glazes, some with local materials. My application techniques vary and the unpredictability of the firing condition produces dramatic and distinctive works of art. We fire to cone 10+…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 4
  • Joined May 26, 2008

Favorite materials

Stoneware and porcelain clay, wood ash, shino glazes, Asian designs

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My introduction to clay came years ago while living in a small community in the northeastern corner of California, and working with local potters developing basic skills. Over the years I dabbled at making gifts for friends and family. A few years ago my dream came true when a friend helped me build a tiny studio in my backyard. I now have my own wheel, a slab roller, and a small bisque kiln. Like a personal zendo I use this space to find my center and explore the creative energy within me. The young potters that taught me years ago are still friends today. We come together on a regular basis to fire our work in wood, gas, or raku kilns at the Canyon Creek Pottery in Alturas, California. We use several great shino glaze recipes along with other more common glazes, some with local materials. My application techniques vary and the unpredictability of the firing condition produces dramatic and distinctive works of art. We fire to cone 10+ (2260 degrees fahrenheit) in a reduction environment. A new burry box kiln was built this year and results from the first firing were extraordinary. Wood and gas firings occur at least 3 times a year, and occasionally we do a raku firing.

Check my shop and web site frequently for my latest work.

All of my pottery is made with either stoneware or porcelain and I make both functional and decorative pieces. I developed a special interest is making ceramic kimono when a friend began a vintage kimono business and imported these incredible garments from Japan. I became fascinated with this garment, how it is worn, and how it is used in interior decor. The fabrics and their textures provide an endless source of inspiration which I use in designing my Japanese clay kimono sculptures. The glazes and magic of the kiln produce unique, stunning pieces.

I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to your comments.

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