Clay is my first love and brings a smile to my heart every time I walk into the studio. Santa Fe with its surrounding high desert mountainous environment provides daily inspiration. Our picturesque southwestern landscape brims with sun-washed colors, storied textures, and ancient formations and I incorporate these qualities in my work. Ceramics that warm the soul and dance in your hands guide the process with each piece I create.
A visceral connection between the aesthetic beauty of a hand-held cup and the food or beverage within is important to me. Having tea has always felt like ceremony so each cup I create has a dot on one side representing spiritual openings. My body of work has grown over time to include other functional vessels because I believe good food and drink shared with friends, or a hot cup of tea on a snowy day, is more valuable when presented in a beautiful work of art.
My professional background in psychology for over 40 years and as a licensed therapist for 25 years highlighted the importance of kind, compassionate, loving connection with people and our planet. This theme runs central in my life now as a ceramicist. Sitting at the wheel off and on since 2003 at Santa Fe Clay, I’m organically self-taught.