For as long as I can remember I’d wanted to learn to work with clay, but never had the opportunity or time. When I moved to North Carolina with only three dogs and two distant cousins east of the Mississippi, I needed something to do, so it was time. I was completely ignorant as to the historical significance of pottery to this region. Like most, I started on the wheel, and I hated it. I quickly switched to handbuilding where I could explore textures and shapes more freely. Only recently have I gone back to learning to throw on the wheel.
Most of my pieces are functional with a few art pieces thrown in for fun. While I am from the west where earthtones, woodfiring and other natural process are the norm, I prefer pastel colors for my work, adding hand carving and other embellishments mostly seen in nature.
My pottery is called Dog House Pottery because I love dogs with reckless abandon, and have shared my home and life with as many as four at one time, just shy of ‘Crazy Dog Lady’ status!
One of my greatest joys is to have someone I don’t know choose a piece of my work to add to their home or give as a gift, and proceeds from my work go to support my dogs, past, present and future.