I started working in clay towards the end of my family medicine residency. It was like coming home, and has remained a compelling interest ever since. I am now a mostly-retired family physician, and have even more time to devote to clay. However, clay has long been a serious source of gratification and mental health. The central skill required for throwing pots is centering the clay – making it smoothly symmetrical, so you can work it into a balanced and lovely form. Centering is also a powerful metaphor for life – learning to stay calm and in balance. I have sold pots at a variety of craft shows and locations. I have learned many different ideas and techniques from a variety of teachers but have also developed my style over time. I am particularly drawn to smooth, rounded forms – organic and natural, like the roundness of a puppy’s belly or a baby’s belly.
Born in Vermont, but moved around quite a bit; I have been in Hanover for 25 years. I am family physician, semi-retired, and happily engaged in pottery, gardening, reading, and a variety of other crafts (stone carving, quilting, knitting etc.). My husband is also a semi-retired family physician, and my two grown daughters live in Brooklyn.