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 in a hand-building class offered at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA years ago. 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.
For the last several years I’ve been making my pottery at the Worcester Center for Crafts. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in workshops and classes there with a variety of instructors. Many have opened up new ways of thinking about ceramics for me and sparked new directions to explore. I feel each teacher and artist brings something different to the table and I enjoy seeing what everyone has to offer.
It is at the Craft Center I discovered I love soda and wood firings. I also started to explore weaving clay, mold making, and slip casting. I hope to push all three pursuits further. It has become clear to me the pottery class that started out as a diversion has become much more. It has become as much a part of me as my scientific training. It is 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.