A number of years ago after earning a degree in graphic design and working in the field for about 15 minutes, I knew it was time to pursue a life making things with my hands. When the fever came, I knew I would do this every day for the rest of my life. So, like any sound, stable young woman of 20, I got in my car (which had a soft top) and drove to the desert southwest (don’t drive a convertible across the country unless you absolutely have to) where I was determined to become a potter. Simple. One thing led to another… but none of it led to making pots, so after a magical time spent meeting extraordinary people and falling in love with the desert, I drove back to New England where, still determined, I did begin my life-long journey as a potter. Before I knew it, I found myself in the studio of Ray Bub and Susan Nykiel of Oak Bluffs Pottery, where I studied and apprenticed before earning a degree from Bennington College.
While studying at Bennington I began teaching ceramics at Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. For eight years I taught some of the coolest people on the planet.
More recently, I live and work in the tiny community of Pownal, Vermont. There’s something special about living where the Berkshire Mountains meet the Green Mountains. I’m settling in nicely. I love my life.
When I’m not in the ceramics studio, I spend time with my husband and son. We work and play hard– growing food, running on grassy trails with our dogs, cooking straight from the garden and hanging out with nice people. When I get my second wind, I sing with a really special group of friends. We call ourselves The Wandering Rocks. We sing alternative folk/rock songs written by our own Karl Mullen and Sarah McNair. It is a magical project. Give us a listen.
…So, it turned out to be a long drive, the one I set out on when I was around 20. I’m still driving. Singing and driving.
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