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Resume/Bio

Formal Education:

1986 University of Illinois; MS Summer on Campus program
1984 Graduated Kean University, NJ; BS Computer Science; Summa Cum Laude

Clay Education:

Workshops (on-going):
Richard Aerni, Peter Beasecker, Robert Briscoe, David Chohlidakis, John Britt, Ramone Camarillo, Tony & Sheila Clennell, Ian Currie, Lucy Edwards, Lynn Goodman, John Hesselberth, Steve Jaskowak, Thomas Kerrigan, Greg LaPlaca, Steve Lee, Leah Leitson, David McDonald, Mathew Metz, Ron Meyers, Judy Motzkin, Lynn Munns, Neil Patterson, Sandy Pierantozzi, Donna Polseno, Bryan Quincannon, Linda Sikora, Gloria Singer, Paul Soldner, Chris Staley, Mark Walnock, Mil Wexler-Kobrinski, Jeff Zamek, NCECA Conferences 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010

1996 Brookdale Community College, Ceramics
1996 Set up home studio
1993 -1996 On-going pottery sessions; local community studio: Thompson Park, NJ
1974 Potters' apprentice; Stangl Pottery, Flemington, NJ

Employment

Potter at the private artist colony (Trading Post 65) on the grounds of Due Process Golf Club, Colts Neck, NJ 2012-2013

Awards/Publications:

"Pit Fired Ceramics: Modern Methods, Ancient Traditions" by Dawn Whitehand, 2013
1st Place for Sculpture and Fine Craft: 9th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show, Belmar, NJ; 2013
"From a Slab of Clay" by Daryl Baird, 2012
Award for Innovation: 13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, sponsored by the PA Guild of Craftsmen; 2005
State Finalist: Art in the Round Contest hosted by BeautifulBowls.com
Clay Times Magazine, a few images over the years...

Current Galleries:

m.t.burton gallery, Surf City (LBI), NJ
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
William Ris Gallery,  Stone Harbor, NJ
Evalyn Dunn's Gallery, Westfield, NJ

Juried & Invitational Shows:

JAS9 Winners Show, Belmar, NJ (2014)
"Artists for a Shore Cause", M.T. Burton Gallery, Long Beach Island, NJ  (2013)
9th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show, Belmar, NJ (2013)
"Selected Sculptors Invitational", Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ (2013)
20th Strictly Functional Pottery National (2012) - Lancaster, PA
Monmouth Festival of the Arts - Tinton Falls, NJ (2003-2012)
Jersey Shore Clay National - m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ (2008, 2009)
Art in the Round - on-line contest by Beautiful Bowls, (2008)
Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Craft - Millville, NJ (2006, 2007)
Cyberclay - Gallery janjobe, Louisville, KY (2007)
13th Strictly Functional Pottery National (2005) - Lancaster, Pa
Ocean County Artists' Guild Pottery Invitational - Island Heights, NJ (2005, 2008)
Home Decor Show - Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ (2005)
Beech Mountain Lakes Festival of the Arts - Drums, Pa (2003,2005)
Monmouth County Arts Council - Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ (2005)
Affordable Art Show - Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ (2004)

Memberships:

Momnouth Arts, NJ
Belmar Arts Council, NJ
Clayart: an on-line listserv composed of ceramic artists from around the world
NCECA: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
SICA: The Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts

Bio

During high school, I had seen a potter demonstrating at Pfaltzgraff (Stangl) Pottery in Flemington, New Jersey. I was enthralled and wanted to learn this awesome thing. I became an apprentice (which means I did a lot of the grunt work and very little pottery!). But I did learn the basics, and a seed was planted somewhere in my psyche, my soul, my hands, my spirit. It was some time before that seed took hold...

I eventually went back to school and after graduation took a job with a large company. It was good money, and I was very focused on being a "professional woman".  Not surprisingly, that kind of work and environment eventually drained the spirit out of me.

I needed a creative outlet and remembering my lost love of clay, took a pottery class at the local park system's studio in 1993. It quickly became a passion. I married in '94 and Paul is a wonderfully supportive and multi-talented partner! He recognized the fire in me for pottery and together  we set up a studio in our home. Moral of that story: choose what you love and be happy! Also choose the right partner. Pottery is quite a commitment and often all-consuming. (I make the pots, but he makes it all POSSIBLE!)

I have been studying clay for over 20 years. Although I cannot easily pinpoint what influences me most, I recognize that inspiration comes from people, observation, books, nature... it comes from life! I try to expose myself to many different methods and techniques, and work to continually expand and fine-tune my skills. I regularly attend workshops, and am energized through interactions with other potters and artists. I may find ideas for my next piece just as easily at a garage sale as while walking along a wooded path. Influences from travel experiences may also be reflected in my work.

Just as the process of making pottery provides 'balance' for me in this chaotic world, surrounding one's self with hand made objects tempers life's relentless frenzy. Having hand crafted items in one's home serves a special purpose: to nourish the spirit. There is warmth to living with things created by hand, unlike industrially manufactured items which are devoid of energy and vitality. Hand crafted works as part of the everyday rhythms of life feed the soul, providing a connection with humanity and our own uniqueness. 

In 2001, I was downsized from my uninspiring corporate job. I can honestly say it was a good thing. Since then, I've been a full-time potter! -- Not as lucrative, but without a doubt much more satisfying!