I became addicted to clay after a fun project making mosaics for the bottom of my swimming pool. It became a medium to share my love for the desert; a harsh environment hosting a glorious array of interesting wildlife, where I spend as much time as possible, riding, hiking, and collecting items which I believe have a story to tell. Clay also helps me tell stories of science and history, and I often celebrate events that deserve the time and effort it takes to carve it in clay and temper it in fire.
Our family moved from Michigan to Arizona when I was four, and I grew up down the street from Arizona State and spent as much time on campus as possible, up to the time I got my teaching degree in 1985. After several years teaching Jr. High school students, I pursued an interest in Solar Energy, and became a solar hot water and photovoltaics technician.
A sudden loss of hearing at the age of 40, most likely due to a virus, brought new challenges to my teaching career, so I had to make some more changes, eventually leading me to ceramics. I love a challenge, and ceramics is, at times. My publicly commissioned artwork can be seen in the Enchanted Forest at the Phoenix Zoo, at the Solel Preschool in Paradise Valley, and at the Mesa Public Library's Dobson Ranch Branch. You can also see it here in the Gallery section of my website!