Toe River Arts | Clay Artists
Newland, North Carolina
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.