ABOUT MY ART
Art has been a part of my life since I was born. My mother was an artist and provided inspiration and atmosphere to my life that gave me a respect and love for art.
I majored in printmaking at Old Dominion University.While there I also studied at the Chrysler Museum School of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. There I beame aware of the complexity, depth, and scill it would take to become a good potter, and have spent the alst 48 years working with clay. I work in my home studio and seek to produce objects that illustrate the restraint and fluidity of clay.
Through my brushwork, I create visual and tactile textrue with clay, slips and washes. I love discovering the unique capacties of my brushes, convinced of pottery Alan Caiger-Smith's dictum, "There is no bad brush . . . one just has to find the right use for each of them."
In the courtyard of the Freer Gallery stands a sculpture by Augusts Saint-Gaudens tutled, "Labor Supported by Science and Art". I think this perfectly describes the potters work. By calling upon the imagination and careful observation, I work tobring the material and the beaury of nature to correspond in each object.
I have taught pottery in Alexandria, Reston and now in Vienna, Virginia.. I am a juried member of the Kiln Club of Washington, DC and was President of this organization from 2011 - 2013. The Kiln Club shows and sells pottery at Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA
In 1994 six other potters and I opened Virginia Clayworks in Chantilly, VA, an enterprise that continued until 1996. Since that time I have sold my work in galleries across the Northern Virginia area: The Shirlington Artists Guild, Global Gifts in Leesburg, VA, the Blackeyed Susan in Vienna, VA, Manassas Clay, and Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory. I currently show and sell at Scope Gallery in connection with the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. Check my home page for the months I will be there.
I have had my work displayed and sold at Reagan National Airport, at Strathmore Hall with the Creative Crafts Council and in an online auction for the Smithsonian Craft Show. From time to time I have in home sales. During the year I show at Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.