I was born in a small town in Texas, Odessa and this is where my fascination with the potter’s wheel began. Around the age of 11, I took a small pottery class for children at the UTPB Campus. I recall I was one of the only kids in the class that only wanted to work on the wheel, slab and coil pots were not my thing even then. It wasn’t until many years later that pottery became a big part of my life.
My life in pottery begins
In the fall of 2015, the pottery classes I took as a child finally coalesced, as I found my passion in clay and stoneware. I’d always been crafty – having taken up crochet, sewing and other arts before finding my way back to the wheel. Years spent in the field of graphic design have informed my creative output, giving rise to a collection of pieces that reflect both technical expertise and a playful nature.
I moved to Sarasota, FL with my family in 1995 and met the love of my life here in 2007. We married in 2009 and started our family here. We began to take family vacations to the Blue Ridge mountains during the summer months and it was there that I found pottery again. I spend a couple of hours in a local pottery studio and it was only a couple of months later that my husband bought me my first potter's wheel for my birthday. After several months of toiling on the wheel and learning how to create again, I found the encouragement though family, friends and co-workers to take things beyond the level of “hobby.”