Mud Alley Pottery
Cherry Hill, NJ
I started working in clay in 1975 while still in high school. I went on to receive my BFA concentration in ceramics in 1982 from East Tennessee State University. I began selling my work at various galleries and crafts shows throughout the North East, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. Throughout the years, I have had the pleasure of sharing my craft with many students. First, as a studio tech at Glassboro State College, then as a teacher at various Art Centers. Occasionally I have taught at Cumberland County College as a guest artist.
My work is always in a state of flux. As I go through life, I am constantly inspired by everything around me. That in itself creates a slow but constant change. When I look back on my early work, I am amazed at how much it has changed. My current work is a result of spending many hours in the woods camping and hiking with my children. The leaves I use are created using real leaves. When I put into them into the kiln, they burn off, leaving just the impression behind. I often use glazed and stained surfaces displaying the contrasts of texture in my pieces. In the last few years, I find myself exploring texture in much greater detail. What was once just textures I found in nature has taught me to look at everything as a possible source for my designs. This has, in turn, opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.