M.F.A. in Ceramics, minor in Sculpture, Magna cum Laude 1992. Edinboro University of PA; Edinboro, PA.
B.F.A. in Studio Art and Art History, Summa cum Laude 1986. Ohio University; Athens, OH.
Since 1992, I have been making functional pottery with designs that reflect the beauty of the natural world. Using a technique I learned from my friend and mentor, Kathy Hibshman, I collect local leaves and use them to create designs and patterns on stoneware slabs. These are by nature one of a kind as no two leaves are identical, and no leaf can be re-used. I form the slabs into various shapes (platters, bowls, vessels), coat them with slip, then remove the leaves, creating a negative/positive image. Pieces are bisque fired, hand dipped into lead-free glaze, and fired again to over 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. I currently have 2 part time assistants. All designs are under my direct supervision.
March, 2016 New Ceramic Surface Design/Northern Clay Center/Minneappolis, MN September, 2015 Craft Festival at the Fruitlands Museum /Harvard, MA September, 2015 Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst/Tarrytown, NY June, 2015Cottage Street Studios Holiday Open Studio/Easthampton, MA April, 2014 Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail with Francine Ozereko/Pelham, MA