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The infinite possibilities within a mound of clay have intrigued and exhilarated me since I was a teenager. I wrote my Stanford application essay about ceramics, but raising three children and pursuing careers in education and law left little time to pursue my art. Now, though, I have more time, and some of my happiest hours are spent working in my home studio (until very recently, I was blessed to have my 14.5-year-old golden retriever Jem Hank by my side).
As I “throw” (make) a pot on the wheel, the passage of time changes, and I lose myself in the process--I love the motion and the feel of the clay; I also love the constant change. Of course, there's something about centering the clay that has always made me feel centered myself. And when I've finished, I'm happy to have created something--often functional and sometimes beautiful--from a simple ball of clay.
My work is both decorative and functional; I enjoy exploring the connections among shape, texture, and color. Hearing stories about people using my pottery--or seeing it in their homes--delights me.
I often donate the proceeds of my sales to progressive organizations and candidates; I also donate pieces to charitable auctions of organizations that I support.