Although making utilitarian pottery has been my consuming interest for fifty years, like many artists, I have worked in related fields to support my passion. For years I taught art and other subjects in public schools. After receiving a B.A and lifetime teaching credential from California State University in Sacramento, I have taught, lived and made pottery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. My major was art, with a large part of that study in art history. I added a Master’s degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland recently.
Laughing Waters Pottery in Grants Pass is my studio in a small room and garage. Pottery equipment (a pottery wheel, kilns, slab table, extruder, pug mill and lots of clay) has taken over the room, the garage and spread to the yard. It is quite a sight, much more interesting that the Better Homes and Gardens version of a beautiful yard. At least to a potter it is heavenly.
Ross, my husband, now makes his own pieces and smoke fires our big decorative platters, which is a primitive firing method he carries out in a barrel using just Oregon hard woods.
Also some of our new work is sculptural, both figurative and non representational. I love to find new areas of pottery and try them. Welding classes allowed for added metal in some of my sculptures.
In 1977 I made and sold quite a few $10 cups, financing a month’s trip into eight countries in Europe with high school students. There and in Washington DC I saw work that has continued to influence my designs. I continue to visit museums and collections whenever I can.
Outside my pottery business, I still tutor, working for local public school districts. I now enjoy working with students who do not prosper in the regular classrooms or have been excluded from regular classrooms. One-on-one, these students are just wonderful people who I genuinely love to teach and know.
I also attend regular meetings of pottery groups and workshops. I keep learning and practicing. I hope those efforts and my love of all pottery shows in my work.