Since I was young, I have been drawing and sculpting creatures out of clay. The desire to create has always been there.
I started my pottery life after studying Ceramics at The Appalachian Center for Crafts. When the work I was making wasn't the work that I was drawn to, I began painting pottery with colored slips and then carving back through the slip and clay, using straight lines like a woodblock or linoleum printmaker. This is the same style I have today.
For many years, my colorful designs have been limited to clay, but recently, started designing for textiles. I love the versatility and ability to pivot from 3D to 2D, and producing home goods that are lively and easy to use everyday.
With both clay and textiles, I keep the designs fresh, simple and practical. There is a light-heartedness to each design. These creations are meant to be used and their functionality is really the backbone of each piece, with the colorful birds and flowers the heart and soul.
Everyday I am often inspired by things I see on my walks with the dogs or what’s blooming in the garden. I take inspiration from everything beautiful and simple.
Tony, my husband, has helped me realize the dream of printing. The pandemic kept him home from his teaching job for several months and after the projects around the house were completed, he craved something else.
He cooked and baked, learned to play the ukulele, learned to sew, and taught himself to screenprint. A couple of those skills turned out to be incredibly helpful! He took to screenprinting quickly, taking over the tedious task of setting up the screens, mixing inks, doing the actual printing. I assist him in this endeavor. It's a pretty good partnership.