My mother taught me to sew when I was a child, and I have been making things with fabric (and other things!) ever since. I received a B.F.A. in Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and I worked in the architectural/design business for a short time, but I was always drawn to teaching. I studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee University, and I taught for over 8 years in Tennessee. When my husband and I moved back to Virginia a few years ago, I knew I was ready for a change. I began to experiment more with fabric - dyeing my own colors, creating patterns and quilting. And while I had been studying art education, I took ceramics classes and became hooked right away. So I also set up a home pottery studio and developed a passion for the feel of clay in my hands.
It’s an unusual combination - fabric and clay - soft and hard - but it works well for me. My hands enjoy doing the work, my eyes are stimulated by the colors, forms and patterns, and my mind is always planning the next thing I want to make.