Tour the studio to observe my ceramic process and see finished pieces in the gallery. I build vessels using techniques from both handbuilding and wheel throwing traditions, with an eye toward creating sculptures that function.
My design ideas are often influenced by the action and environment of water. I love the flow and grace of the substance, and its technical impact on clay. I am intrigued by the inhabitants, geologic record, health and beauty of our water systems. My pots are sometimes clean and abstract, and other times feature frogs, fish, fossils. My pieces serve to elevate the daily routine as planters, large and small serving bowls, vases and cups.
I was introduced to clay while earning my bachelor’s degree in Art Education. I have followed that muse since, between teaching and raising a family. Having done some graduate work at Alfred University, I spent a couple of months on partial scholarship at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. A lifelong learner, I regularly visit other artists, attend clay workshops and NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conferences.
Passing on the joy of creating in clay is important to me. I have taught ceramics in public schools and community studios. Here in the South Hill Complex, I am a co-op member and occasional instructor at The Clay School.
My studio & gallery are open most Saturdays, but please call, text, or email–just to make sure!
Studio Location Details:
In the South Hill neighborhood, my home and studio/gallery are just off Hudson Street, about ½ mile south of The Commons and ½ mile north of Ithaca College. Pearsall Place is a quiet neighborhood road that ends at the South Hill Recreation Trail. The house (yellow, red, and green) is on the third on the left. Follow signs to the back entrance.