I am an artist, a teacher, an object maker.
At the moment I am spending the year in Nebraska, filling my days teaching and making art at Doane University, soaking in the sunshine and the rolling prairies on my daily commute.
I spent most of my life in the rural parts of western New York State, growing up in an old barn with my mother and my sister, playing in the creek and running wild in the woods. At various times in my life I have raised dairy goats, served as my town historian, made the rounds of the craft fair circuit, waited tables, starred in a local theatre troupe and ran an organic food co-op.
I love anything with stripes and polka dots, mid-century modern design, cooking from scratch, farmer’s markets, disco, blues, folk, natural fibers and shoes with straps.
I am an organizer and community builder, and enjoy the challenges of bringing people, ideas, and opportunities together to create a greater whole. This has led to my involvement with community arts organizations that include Empty Bowls, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Kansas Arts for Japan and many others. Small gestures do make a difference, and lead to larger opportunities for change.