I grew up in the Michigan, it was a modest 3 bedroom home filled with laughter, family and for awhile we had an additional five people living with us. My earliest memories of playing with clay is when the road behind the house was torn up and I found clay and brought it home. My imagination soared for hours.
In my early life I moved to Maui, Hawaii, where I was inspired by the culture, fabric and art. I fell in love with the freedom that art brought to the inner sole and the ability to express life through art! That’s what I wanted to do.
Later in life after moving to Canada and having a beautiful daughter I found that reading her books by Stephen Cosgrove inspired her imagination. Her inspiration from books, play and clay brought me back to how I felt playing in clay. When I was not at work I spent my time dreaming about what I was going to do when I retire. After taking a few pottery classes the feeling of being reconnected to the earth started to show in my work. At that time I decided to take an old building in my backyard and transform it into the studio that I have today.
I now sell my work in art galleries, at art shows and in my studio. I also teach private classes. My latest manifestation is mixed medium utilizing both clay and nature. I love doing what I do, being one with earth and having the opportunity to create a life that supports all of that, all while growing my family and new friends. For that and more, I am eternally grateful!
- Sarnia-Lambton Potters Guild
- Sarnia Artists Workshop
- Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass Association
- The Empty Bowls Project
The Empty Bowls Project
The Empty Bowls project is close to my heart. The Ceramics Department at Lambton College and the Sarnia Lambton Potters Guild organize the annual Empty Bowls event. These events have been held in North America for over 20 years, with millions of dollars going to end hunger every year. Potters make bowls, chefs make soups, and guests receive a “poverty meal” of soup and bread, in a handmade bowl of their choice to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. All proceeds go to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Lambton College’s own food bank. Each year I am the Soup Coordinator for Empty Bowls.
Please consider helping a worthy cause like this in your town or city. Together we can end hunger.
The Dirty Girls
I am also a member of The Dirty Girls, a group of four women that meet at Lambton Collage and enjoy getting together for pottery conferences and shows. Whenever we get together there is always fun, laughter.