I started as a functional potter working at The Clay Art Center in Port Chester NY. I remember my first experience with clay, I must have been 10 or 11 years old when my school took us on a field trip. The potter we visited gave each one of us a little bit of clay to take home. It took me another 18 years to rediscover clay and the fascination that I always had for it.
In my professional career as a high end jewelry designer in New York City, I encountered a block from overworking and decided to take some time off to try a different medium. Functional ceramics and sculptures helped me tremendously in my creative jewelry work. I balanced both and eventually became a multi medium artist. The influence of my teachers was tremendous along with the different mix of famous potters and sculptors whose workshops I attended and ultimately influenced the craftsmanship of my work. My large sculptures are hand built with large coils pinched and paddled. I rarely glaze them finding that the nature of a wood firing makes them look like peaceful unearthed treasures.
"Out of the Fire"
Pajaro Valley Arts
Jurors Susana Arias and Judy Stabile
"Legends and Legions"
Sacramento, California Alpha Fired Arts
Exhibition at Mark Patterson Jewelry store with Deborah Allen paintings
Exhibition at 503 Found in Newport Beach
"Diversity in Clay"
AMOCA Pomona, CA
Juror Christie Johnson
"Eight is enough"
small sculptures Clay Art Center
"Cups coming together" Clay Art Center
"Emanation: work from the Clay Art Center" Cecil County Center,
Clay Art Center at the City Gallery in Labin, Croatia
Clay Art Center "A legacy in clay" 2001 Westchester Art Center's Arts
Annual exhibition Clay Art Center