Pottery has been my passion for almost 40 years. Working with clay and glazes is for me a way of exploring the geological beauty of the earth's surface. Although basically a production potter, I am irresistibly drawn to playing and experimenting with the clay in new ways that reveal its connection to its original earth forms. Different clays, glazes and firing techniques are constantly beckoning to me to produce more interesting forms and surfaces.

My first experience with clay as a child was unforgettable and when I got on the potter's wheel in ceramics class in college, I knew that I had found a life-long love affair. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and my Master of Science degree from Pratt Institute, both in Art Education with a major in Ceramics. I studied pottery full-time on a Max Beckman scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Art School for a year and then studied with numerous potters all over the country and in Europe. I taught in both the public schools and my own studio, ran several galleries in New York City and Brooklyn, exhibited in numerous art shows and galleries and sold my production line in stores such as The Pottery Barn, Macy's and Bloomingale's.

Although I was born and raised in New York, I knew that when I first set foot in New Mexico in 1989 I had finally come home, both personally and as an astist. Content to start over in my adopted home, I felt that the world of clay was opening up before me in new and more wonderful ways than I had ever imagined possible. Rocks, clay, minerals, mountains, sky and clouds—all surrounded and inspired me.

I have been involved in the Valencia Artisans and Artists of the Rio Abajo as a founding member, as well as an original owner of Tomé Clay, now The Tomé Gallery. In 1998 I fulfilled my dream of building my own studio at home. It is there that I make the pots I sell in galleries in Albuqueque, Santa Fe and at the Tomé Gallery. I continue to teach at the Tomé Gallery and in community education classes for children at the University of New Mexico-Valencia County branch. Dinnerware with a rim carved in a design I adapted from an ancient Iriquois basket design is my most popular work, and I have won a Best of Show award with one of my crystalline glazed vases.

It is my hope that my pots will bring added pleasure to the simple daily rituals of life—such as mealtime or arranging flowers and that my customers will enjoy using my pots as much as I enjoy making them.