Journey to Ceramics


Following a labyrinth of sorts, with a degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I designed my way becoming a general contractor and ending this stage of my life with a Design/Build construction company.  Having always chosen the road less traveled, I ended up in the mountains of NC, exploring life as a studio artist.  Since 1993, beginning with mosaics, I have been breaking and making ceramics as a full time studio artist.  

Discovering clay as a medium to sculpt the forms on which to apply the mosaic, I became enamored with the material and its processes.  Influenced by many teachers, and  inspired by Penland School of Crafts, a door was opened that will forever be magical for me.  I was instinctively drawn to the more primal materials (earthenware and terra sigilatta), and the most time honored forms of hand building (pinching and coiling).  Living in stillness (which is always a challenge), and in the oldest mountains on the planet, I am continually silenced by the beauty of our natural and organic environment, and attempt to reflect that in my work.  

The clay simply empowered me to discover the act of creating.


Credits and Awards

Public Art Installations

The Free Clinic - Hendersonville, NC

Garden Wall - Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Christ Church Episcopal School - Greenville, NC

Banner Elk Elementary School - Banner Elk, NC (2008 and 2011

Watauga High School - Boone, NC

Preserve Penland Commemorative Plaque (w/Cynthia Bringle)


New Members Exhibit - Southern Highlands Craft Guild 2000

Black and White - Southern Highland Craft Guild 2001

Women, Art and Healing - Lees McRae College, 2002

Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands - Chapel Hill, NC   2003 and 2004

BRAHMS Invitational - Blowing Rock NC  2004

Michael S. Patricelli Instructors Exhibit - Watauga Arts Council 2006 and 2010

The Handmade House - Handmade in America, Asheville, NC 2010

The Handmade Expo - architectural invitation, Handmade in America, Asheville, NC

Regional Artist Project GRANT 2011

Dramatic Ceramics - Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC 2012

Musings in Duality - Avery Arts Council 2012

Animal House - Cabarras Arts Council, NC 2012

Struttura - East Tennessee State University 2015

Sculpture Celebration Award Winner 2015 and 2016

The Art of Native Plants - Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC  2016

NEA Grant - Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Community Art Project 2016

Sacred Contracts - Piedmont Crafts, Winston-Salem, NC 2016