After graduating from Rutgers University in 1979 with a degree in Art Education, I taught art for a few years before starting a family. I was fortunate to be a “stay at home mom,” which enabled me to not only raise my children from relatively close range, but also tout myself as a freelance artist. During that period, painting was my medium of choice. When my youngest was in high school, I found myself back in the ceramic studio at Raritan Valley Community College where I studied under Ann Tsubota.
I opened my studio on W. High Street in Somerville in 2004. Being a potter can be quite a solitary endeavor, much different from my days of teaching art in the classroom. My desire to teach and be in the company of people has prompted me to open my studio to others. Aside from adult classes and raku workshops, I have hosted non-profit groups in the studio to make wares for their fundraising efforts. A few times a year I either have friends work with me to make “spirit rattles” which are donated to Hospice, to be given out to cancer patients; or I work directly with cancer patients and their families. I have also done several clay workshops with Creative Heartwork, a non-profit organization which utilizes the power of the arts to heal children and increase their capacities for wellness and future independence.
I have been blessed to have my art shown in several gallery juried shows:
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2014 – Juror’s Award Receipient
Earth in Human Hands Exhibit, Somerville, NJ 2014
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2014
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2013
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2013
Art Jam, Princeton, NJ 2012
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2012
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 2012
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2012
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2011
Art Gallery, RVCC, Branchburg, NJ 2007 – “Runner Up Best In Show”
Art Gallery, RVCC, Branchburg, NJ 2006
Bruce Dehnert, Soda Fired Ceramics, Peters Valley Craft Center
John Reinking, Soda Fired Ceramics
Jeff Shapiro, Wood Fired Ceramics
Debbie Vine, Precious Metal Clay
David Davis, Building Volumetric Forms
Juried Art Shows:
Annual NJ Pottery Festival, Flemington, NJ
Annual Somerville Jazz Festival, Somerville, NJ
Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ
Artrider, Spring CraftMorristown & Holiday CraftMorristown, Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ
RoseSquared, Fall Fine Arts and Crafts, Westfield Armory, Westfield, NJ
New Jersey Art Educators Conference, “Creative Celebration,” Somerset, NJ
My work can be found at the Gallery at Country Squire Pottery, Somerville, NJ and the Green Living and Building Center in Lambertville, NJ.
I am a member of: Grounds for Sculpture, Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ Potters Guild, The Center for Contemporary Art and the American Craft Council.
My work is a mixture of hand-built and wheel thrown pieces that are fired in either an electric or Raku kiln and transcend from functional forms to more sculptural pieces. While exploring the Raku technique, I find I most enjoy its unpredictable, earthy results. The Raku firing process is dramatic, risky and very quick; adding the horsehair technique to the mix emphasizes that even more. What is most appealing to me is that this process is so “hands on.” From the throwing and trimming, to burnishing and firing, to the final process of laying on the horsehair; there is an intimacy between potter and clay that develops with each piece. I like the idea that this part of me, this part of what I love to do, what I love to create, will in turn, take its place in someone’s life; and they will in turn, enjoy handling, admiring and look forward to using it in their own lives, creating their own connection with it and so, completing the cycle.