In December 2012, I made the decision to close my pottery business. Many people were shocked to hear this news, but I felt that I had reached a point where I must either hire assistants and increase my production or quit selling wholesale. I had no plan to quit making pots altogether, but life became very complicated and stayed that way for nearly two years. My husband and I have moved to the beautiful NC mountains and for the present, I want to concentrate on my painting. I hope some day to return to pottery as a hobby. I still enjoy reading my artist statement (below) and remembering how passionate I was about my work when I wrote it.
From the first time I felt clay moving on the wheel, molded by the pressure of my hands, it took on nearly magical qualities for me. It can be formed and shaped while wet then fired in a kiln, forever changing it into something that will stand the test of time. I can hardly wait for each new day when I can return to work with the clay. Again and again I am drawn back to the wheel to improve and refine my work.
After 20 years in the textile and apparel industry I left to recreate my life. Over the years I worked in a variety of capacities, from design, to production planning, to marketing. This well-rounded business background provided the tools needed to operate my new pottery studio. My life-long love of art provided the inspiration.
In this world of mass production there is a special joy to be gained by adding handmade items, each piece unique, to our daily lives. When you hold the pottery in your hands and enjoy using it on a daily basis, you complete the cycle I began with wet clay.