After working thirty-five years for the State of North Carolina in the court system (part of that time as an official court reporter), I retired and began my “second career” as a potter. My pottery education began with classes at a private studio in Hickory, NC, followed by several continuing education classes at Catawba Valley Community College. After those classes, attempting to learn to “turn pottery on a wheel,” I realized that was not my “calling.” Rather than giving up on my dream, I began “hand-building” pottery pieces with a pottery group at the Western Watauga Senior Center where I continue to participate, as well as at my home studio.
I would never have imagined the many different techniques utilized in hand-building pottery but, after experimenting with various methods, I believe I have found my niche. I often begin with an idea and tweak the design until I am satisfied with the end result. After I perfect a design to my satisfaction, the fun continues with the glazing process. With an immense array of glazes. selecting just the right glaze for a particular piece of pottery is important.
Since my husband and I love the High Country so much, we bought a house near Blowing Rock, NC which serves as our retirement home. There I am surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and nature which serves as inspiration and provides a basis for some of my pottery designs.
I was honored to be awarded a gold medal and a silver medal in the 2018 Senior Games of the High Country for the two entries submitted in the Heritage Arts (pottery) division.