Retired from many years of teaching ceramics and jewelry at Lyons Township High School, I now work of my pottery full time at ClaySpace in Lisle, Illinois.
I have been drawn to ceramics by the feel of the clay, its plasticity. Pushing, pulling, stretching the clay as I work on wheel pieces is both challenging and satisfying at the same time. I have deliberately focused on creating functional pieces so that others might experience a bit of these same pleasures in using my work.
The use of plant motifs as surface treatments comes from an interest in botanical art which I studied at the Morton Arboretum. Most recently I have been concentrating on work using the sgraffito technique, carving designs through layers of colored slip.
I have lived in Western Springs for over 40 years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Bowling Green State University and received my Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Attending ceramics workshops and conferences has provided continued education and stimulation.