Love of all things green and growing inspires the imagery for my earthenware pottery and sculpture. My forms are thickly thrown on the wheel or formed with slabs of clay. I draw organic imagery on the surface and then dimensionally carve the clay when leatherhard. Colored underglazes are applied to unfired clay in a painterly way. I bisque fire and apply a dark glaze to create accent and shadow and fire again to 2000 degrees. Pots will hold water and are colorfast. Sculpture may be displayed outside during non-freezing months. Sculpture includes animals, birds, people, suns, moons and sculptural book forms. Every piece is original, no molds are used.
I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from UWSP after studying under Professor Richard Schnieder and Professor Norman Keats. I currently live in Des Moines IA where I taught ceramics at the Des Moines Art Center for 30 years. I currently teach at the Ankeny Art Center and in my private studio. My studio is in a 1910 carriage house which I renovated in 2016.
I spend countless, joyful hours in my studio lost in mud. I garden both veggies and flowers. I also draw with pastels. I am happiest when my hands are dirty.