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My love of nature and art have been a part of me all of my life. I grew up in the mountains of Ashe County, being raised by very hard working and very creative parents. As a child I was always creating something, helping my Mother make quilts, or helping my Dad refinish antique furniture. I have always been intrigued by the idea of taking a material from the ground and creating a purposeful object from it. I visited art galleries and always admired the pottery displays.
In 1987 after my husband and I purchased an old general store on the New River, I could deny my desire no longer. With a lump of clay from a local potter in one hand and a “how to” book in the other, I began to work. I pursued classes through Wilkes Community College where I met my instructor, mentor and dear friend, Sara Mills. Two years later I set up a studio at my home.
I have taken workshops from some of the best clay artists in the United States. Most notably are Peter Volkos, Paul Soldner, Paulus Bherenson, David Leach, Tom Coleman, Don Reitz and Robin Hopper.
In 1998 I was invited to send a piece of my work to the White House as a representation of the artwork of our county by the Ashe County Arts Council. This was in appreciation for the designation of the New River as a National Heritage River. I received a signed thank you from then President Bill Clinton.
My continuous curiosity to explore, keeps my work constantly changing. I enjoy making everyday items for utilitarian use, as well as sculpture and wall art, in a variety of firing and glazing techniques. The possibilities are endless!