I have been working with clay since 1998 and have been a full time potter since my retirement as a registered nurse in April, 2010. I believe that I was first attracted to clay because it is diametrically opposed to the cleanliness and sterility of nursing, which was so much a part of my life. With clay, I was in the open air. Dealing with mother earth, water and fire became my release.
My first studio, located in Waveland, MS., was lost to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When rebuilding my home and studio in Kiln, MS., a potter friend loaned me a slab roller to create the fireplace tiles to be used in our house. Little did I know that this would open a whole new path of clay study .
I studied throwing with Regan Carney of Bay St. Louis MS. in 1998 and 1999. From 1999 to 2004 I was mentored in the art of raku firing by Joe Bernard of Lacombe, LA. Aside from these two influences, I am mainly self-taught. My first love is for the raku firing process. I am now focused on creating artistic tiles for wall hangings and other projects. I find no small irony in the fact that my studio is now located on Firetower Road in Kiln, Mississippi.