creating art since 1969
In 1969, while still in high school, I had an early introduction to wheel throwing thanks to Mike Pitts who was a student teacher from the University of Georgia at the time. I was hooked and the following two summers I attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine and Haystack-Hinckley Mountain School of Crafts in Waterville, Maine. While attending these summer intensives, I honed my skills and received a intense introduction to the American Crafts Movement.
After attending Miami University, Ohio, I set up my first studio in Bogart, Georgia. Later, there were multiple subsequent studios in Watkinsville and Bishop, GA.
Having discovered early, an extreme dislike for crafts festivals, I choose to go the wholesale route to earn a living. Being a production potter, I shipped my wares across the US to high-end crafts and museum shops, over the subsequent 24 years.
In the 70’s and 80’s, I was invited to participate in a number of solo and group shows in the Southeast. However, my focus was production and selling elegant, functional stoneware pottery. I also explored making stoneware tiles for architectural design, creating and installing several commercial murals.
By the early 90’s and burning out, I started the transition from being a production potter to becoming a Registered Nurse. I returned to school and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia - not bad for a dyslexic potter. Upon graduation, I abandoned my pottery business declaring that I would never again make another pot. Over the next five years, while working at a local hospital, I attended Georgia State University earning my Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialized in Neurosurgery and Spine Rehabilitation for the next 11 years.
After the death of my son in 2003 and then the recession in 2008, I was led back to pottery making and ended up in the studio full time by 2012. I have since built a new studio, my fifth.
Instead of returning to production, I focused on more decorative and functional one-of-a-kind pieces of porcelain pottery. I enjoy creating large platters, bowls, covered jars and teapots, and ornamental pieces. The luxury of age and maturity has allowed for more time and energy to marry form, surface, and function of each piece of pottery. Growing further afield from production pottery, figurative sculpture has had my full creative attention in the last several years. I’ve been storytelling through this figurative work, spinning true tales of grief, anger and rage.