I am currently a Junior at Oregon State University working towards a degree in Construction Engineering Management. My interest in clay developed during my Senior Year in high school and I have continued to pursue that interest throughout college. I work as a clay technician at the OSU Craft Center recycling clay, teaching workshops, and keeping the studio clean and organized.
I cannot remember a time that I wasn’t making things. It has always been “me”. I have been a potter for many years, and now I also am painting, to my delight. I paint mostly in acrylic and love that for the color – yes, the colors. With ceramics you don’t get to see the colors until you are finished.
I have been working with clay for over 25 years. Raku is a great love of mine- the surprise and spontaneity of the process feeds my need for instant gratification. Alternately, I enjoy the depth and flexibility that stoneware provides as a means to create functional items people use and touch every day. It is a process that teaches me patience. For the person purchasing a pottery piece, it is usually a thoughtful process. How will this fit in my home, my life…to be a part of that is extremely rewarding.