Artist Statement & Biography
I make figurative clay sculpture that is colorful and often whimsical, expressing the Spirit in the humans, birds and animals depicted. It felt so natural to incorporate these creatures as my work evolved from vessel and function-related to that which is more about story.
As I make my way through life, there is much to stand in awe of. Issues and challenges also arise. I hope my imagery suggests celebration, resolution and warmth.
Since it is in relationship that we are greatly challenged and in which we heal and grow, my characters are often partnered. To me, describing intimate relationship also refers to wider relational and social issues, so my comments in clay hopefully point to resolution in a greater world context, where we all meet on the same level, and peace lives.
I was born in Charlotte, NC, raised and schooled nearby and attended college at Emory University and Georgia State University, where I received a BS in Early Childhood Education.
Practically my whole career has been as a self-employed potter and clay artist. I have been lucky to have a tremendous family of artist colleagues and to see so much of this beautiful country as I have traveled to art shows throughout the US.
I have also enjoyed working with galleries and interior designers, doing commission work for individuals and organizations- helping to tell their stories- and teaching workshops to support my students in telling theirs.
I count myself double-blessed that as I have pursued a career in art, there have been so many lessons along the way, provided unanticipated learning !