Estes Park, CO
I have always been a maker of things. My parents are from a long line of Appalachian craftspeople, and my childhood was spent learning from them. We made our clothes, Christmas presents, Christmas decorations, and countless knitted and crocheted and quilted and wooden craft projects. We grew much of our own food in a giant garden back of the house, Also in the back yard was a huge oak where Daddy built a tree house. It was my refuge, a place for reading, where my younger brother and sisters could not find me. That tree house is where my boyfriend proposed to me in 1965, and still, more than 50 years later, being outdoors is our favorite place – hiking and biking and camping and traveling the wild places of the earth.
I began working in clay 43 years ago, just after the birth of my youngest child. I loved the magic of functional pots emerging from spinning wheel. When I was taking classes for my Masters Degree at UNC, my work became more sculptural, but I still have a fascination with the functional.
While living in Bhutan, I discovered the tradition of Spirit Houses; before a house or a business is built, a small house is built, a place for the land spirits to live while the land is disturbed. My “Colorado Spirit Houses,” are inspired by that tradition, a place for rest, both metaphorical and spiritual.
My influences are family and nature and travel. It is my goal to create pieces that are evocative of an attitude of partnership and of reverence and mystery and devotion. I seek to create art that celebrates life with joy and beauty.