Here is a birdseye view of the studio, me and my assistants: Katie, Melissa and Martha. We work hard to bring you functional pieces as well as sculptural ones. We collaborate on new designs and sketch out our ideas for sharing long before it hit the store shelves. Stop by the studio when you are in the area. Watch us work and join the fun. We may have The Doors, ZZ Top, the 50's and 60's or Mozart to work by. There is plenty of Pizzazz to go around!
But seriously, being an artist I see the world as a series of potential art experiments. Sometimes it translates to a painting, a collage, a pot or a poem. I enjoy not being boxed in as simply a potter. Although my passion is for clay, I could never turn away from my creative spirit in another medium. I enjoy working in paper collage, fabrics, fibers, pastels and oils.
I was schooled in ceramics at Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire where I was fortunate to study under Armand Szainer and Gerry Williams. Currently I teach Ceramics and other art courses at the Community College of Vermont in Rutland and work in my clay studio to produce pots for you. My pots can also be purchased wholesale and locally from gift shops as well as by appointment at my studio in Fair Haven, Vermont. The gallery gigs are always changing and my sculptures can be seen in France and Germany. I currently belong to Vermont Crafts Council, The Potters Council, The American Ceramics Society, International Ceramic Artists, The Brandon Artists Guild, Fair Haven Art Club, Poultney Artist Guild, Ogunquit Art Association, Chaffee Art Center and The Barn Gallery, Birdseye Artisans, Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, The Vermont Farmers Market and the Lakes Region Farmers Market.
||Be sure to look for my potter’s mark on each piece of pottery you purchase. A potter’s mark is a signature symbol which potter’s in history stamped on each piece to their credit. I decided to resurrect this tradition rather than scrawl my entire name of every pot. My mark reflects the joy and energy I put into the pot as well as the joy I feel when it’s finished. It describes jumping up and clicking my heels together in joy. As in the drawing below illustrates, the circled portion became my mark.
Trimming my Pots
You will notice the way I trim the bottom of some of my bowls and plates. Using a looping tool, I carve a outward spinning spiral to create the foot.This spiral is called an eternity spiral and is the oldest symbol for human spirituality. This spiral is a universal pattern of growth and evolution, which reflects my personal and artistic quest. Art is my way of life.
Working with Head, Heart and Hands
Not only do my potter hands create, sustain and release energy into the world but they work with the same energy to sustain, elevate and bring joy to a world which suffers, struggles and searches for energy to renew and sustain life. For the past 13 years I have been a Rotary International volunteer with the Hands to Honduras project, a humanitarian effort born out of the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Yearly projects include repairing homes, building schools and medical clinics, teaching literacy and personal hygiene as well as installing water filters in Honduran homes. I have been fortunate to be able to use my hands to help build or improve 8 schools, install water filters in several cliffside villages and assist the medical team in treating children and adults with a myriad of illnesses. And this year, I was fortunate to part of a Rotary medical mission team for three weeks in Cambodia. I learned that my presence, smiles and loving touch can be just as effective as the work we did. I love my hands, my head and my heart for the good work they produce.
People who use their hands are called laborers.
People who use their head and their hands are called craftsmen.
People who use their hands, their head and their heart are called artists.
— St. Francis of Assisi