Ceramics and Kiln Formed Glass give me the ability to work with my hands and imagination. I often use found objects, precious or semi-precious stones and metals in the work I create, always trying to create movement in what can be very stiff feeling materials. My art can be functional and non-functional. I like to use colors and textures from nature, combining my ceramics & glass techniques to create unusual pieces. Putting a glass dragonfly on a ceramic piece or a ceramic frog on a glass piece, adding copper or brass leaves and vines to a piece makes my pieces different and unique. When someone asks how I created the piece I know I have captured their attention.
I grew up in San Francisco, CA where nature and museums were all around me. I loved art and took classes in high school and college. In 2000 I started taking courses at Sierra Nevada College “Visiting Artist” summer workshops. That’s where I fell in love with ceramics and kiln glass. Some of my instructors were: Kathleen Koop, Bill Abright, Andy Ruble, Randy Brodnax, Don Ellis, Shuji Ikeda & Carole & William Hutchison. My studio is named Stick In The Mud, in Auburn, CA.