I fell madly in love with clay at age 19, and I am still in deep. It was the curve on a Japanese jar, a beautiful curve, still holding the presence of hand on clay, designed to be used in daily life. It completely swept me off my feet.
I studied pottery at Franklin Pierce College in 1977-1978 with David MacAllister, then at Marlboro College in 1978-1980 with Malcolm Wright. I co-founded Brattleboro Clayworks in 1983, and worked from there as a professional potter from 1983 to 2002. From 2002-2013 I worked as operations manager at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, and from 2013-2017 as executive director at In-Sight Photography Project, all the time making pottery, on the side, from studio space I rented. From 2008-2014 I sold my work through Cherry Street Artisans, a unique craft collective I co-founded in Brattleboro. Teaching clay has been peppered through my professional life with ceramics.
Clay is part of my love story with my now-husband Stephen Procter, from whom I rented studio space and subsequently spent enough time with for us to fall in love.
This year I’m partnering with Shari Zabriskie and using my tiny inheritance from my craft-maker mom to create Wheelhouse Clay Center, a cone 6 electric-firing, teaching studio, planned for opening in downtown Brattleboro in early 2019. Sign up for emails from the studio website, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with the latest news.