I was always fascinated with pottery. As a child of eight I visited a pottery studio in Silver Springs Florida and as I watched the ball of clay growing into a beautiful vase, becoming a potter became my dream. I had an aunt that was involved with promoting Jugtown pottery and Ben Owen’s pots filled our houses. The first time I sat at a potter’s wheel I tried to make a bowl like one of his. I worked toward that goal through high school, spending every spare minute on the art room potter’s wheel. My training was formalized at Appalachian State University, where I completed over 20 hours of Ceramics Technology and other crafts courses and I have continued my education with various workshops since.
After graduation, I apprenticed with a production potter to home my skills. Since 1982, I have been producing pottery outside Statesville, NC ,as well as working as a resident artist for the Hiddenite Center for the Arts demonstrating and occasionally teaching workshops and classes.
All pieces are either hand thrown, hump molded or extruded from either red,white, or speckled buff stoneware. They are electric fired to 2200 degrees F.