I began taking pottery lessons at the Potters Place in 1995, shortly after moving to Walpole, MA. I always had a curious fascination for the potter’s wheel, and how fortunate was I to discover that a pottery studio was located in the town in which I had moved! After taking classes with various instructors, I was finally nudged to become an official “member” of Potters Place in 2001. Since joining, I have become an active member of this studio of wonderful and diverse people. As a cooperative, all members are required to help with the daily activities that enable the studio to run smoothly and efficiently.
In addition to the shared duties, I have also served as secretary and been able to devote my degree and background in journalism/public relations to promote Potters Place, its classes and our incredible biannual Show & Sales. Additionally, I run the studio’s Birthday and Scout Badge Parties Programs, and developed and instruct the Clay Night Out for adults and Kids Try-It workshops.
During the Fall of 2010, I also became the Clay Instructor at New Arts, a private art studio in Sharon, MA. Sharing my love of clay with youngsters and teens is the most fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable “job” I have ever had. I have also taught workshops for adults and children at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, and began teaching an Adults Class at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset in the Spring of 2018.
The greatest joy that creating pottery brings me is to be able to craft items that reflect my passions. Once such major joy is the seashore. As resident of Rexhame Beach in Marshfield, MA, I have always appreciated the beauty of the sea’s many treasures. Sea glass, shells, weathered driftwood and polished stones are some of the items that I collect and which have inspired me as an artist. As I design each unique pottery piece, I try to incorporate the shapes, textures and hues of life by the sea. No two pieces are ever exactly alike!
Each sea-inspired piece of functional art is embellished using imprints of actual shells, starfish and other sea-life that I’ve found on the beaches of our South Shore, as well as from my travels to islands and abroad. My pieces can be created in a variety of shapes and sizes, including rectangular, round and oval platters, bowls, pie plates, soap dishes, etc. All pieces are hand-built using stoneware clay and finished with a variety of food-safe glaze combinations.
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