I am inspired by and curious about the endless possibilities when constructing, building, and modeling clay. I consider playful forms and think about how they can function.
The theme of my work is an exploration of simple geometric beauty of compounding or stripping away non-essentials. The work is thrown or handbuilt, often in parts that are connected at the leatherhard stage.
My sculptures transform into function as cups, wine tumblers, bowls, appetizer trays, platters, planters or vases.
As Goethe said, “the hands want to see, the eyes want to caress”. My work is made to live in these worlds and then, to take another direction by whatever is added: the colors and shapes of food, horticultural choices, storage of…well, something!
A former Art Educator, I have been working, learning and growing in and through clay since 1982. I have taught art, and ceramics in particular, in public schools and community art spaces. A lifelong learner, I have been a student of ceramic education at Penland School of Craft, Alfred University, and at various conferences and workshops.
I enjoy talking about my work, meeting new people, and sharing ideas about the creative process.
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.
There are four steps down to my below ground level entrance.