I use clay like a seamstress uses fabric, cutting patterns with curves and darts to change the shape and form, striving to create stable structures out of the pliable material.
I began my exploration of ceramics in high school in small town St. Clair, Michigan in an independent study program. Through this I discovered a love of clay that led me to pursue the arts at Eastern Michigan University. Looking back at my youth I see the influences of creative people all around me. My father, a finish carpenter, is a precision craftsman. My grandmother created slip cast porcelain wares and dolls. My Mother was always pursuing one craft project after the other. It was inevitable that I would become a maker of some kind.