When I was young my mom always said if I didn’t have a dirty face she wouldn’t recognize me. So playing outside in the dirt has always been a big part of my life. Along with loving to create and work with my hands, what better pastime to take up after moving to the mountains than pottery? What started with a wheel class at SCC to find a hobby to do during retirement quickly became a passion.
After a few classes I was offered an opportunity to work with Annie Burrell at her gallery and studio in Dillsboro, North Carolina, Rabbit Creek Pottery. Working along side this incredibly talented artist/potter (and teacher) I began my focus in handbuilding and animal sculptures.
Because I immediately loved carving in the clay I also truly enjoy a technique I learned from a Cherokee potter. My black pottery is coil built, hand carved, hand burnished with a smooth rock and reduction fired in a trash can.
You can see my work at Uptown Gallery and at various shows in the area. You can also email me.