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I never dreamt of clay until Groundhog’s Day, 1982, when I was assisting with a children’s art class at UWM. I snatched a derelict piece of clay and made a coil pot in the shape of a snake. I inscribed it with the word: “Hiss-story.” Now I dream in clay.
Prior to this I was a writer, a storyteller, a teacher. At that moment, clay became the unifying element that continues to connect and concentrate my affinities and abilities.
In the 80's I struggled to reach a balance between an academic career and studio work. Gradually I established my identity as a narrative ceramic artist. My work focuses on images uniting the actual and the archetypal. Ongoing narratives inhabit these pieces, infused with spirit of time and place. I find affirmation in the work of Mary Nohl; encouragement from the writings of Lucy Lippard: "For all the art that is about place, very little is of place...." Like any relationship, there has been give-and-take with ceramics, mellowing over years.
I often create through...