I started my adult life as a scientist, first in academia, then industry. It wasn’t until I stayed home to raise my children that my ceramics journey began. My first meaningful experience with clay was years ago in a hand-building class offered at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA. Early on I realized that I have not shed my scientific ways. My approach to clay work is much like my approach to lab work. Every piece I make is an experiment of some sort. Every kiln opening offers more information, which leads to another experiment.
Over the years I’ve been fortunate to participate in ceramic workshops and classes at Archie Bray, Penland School of Crafts, and Worcester Center for Crafts. For several years now I’ve been making my pottery at the Worcester Craft Center where I am currently a studio assistant.
It is at the Craft Center I discovered a love for soda and wood firings and started to explore weaving clay, mold making, and slip casting. It has become clear to me the pottery class that started out as a diversion has become much more. It is as much a part of me as my scientific training, simply a part of who I am. I’m excited to continue on this journey where every piece is an adventure, and I meet every kiln opening with giddy excitement.