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I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in the western suburb of Downers Grove.  I graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1969.  I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education, certified K-12, with areas of concentration in ceramics, printmaking, and fiber. I also completed three years of intensive study at the Cleveland Institute of Art, as a student in the Ceramics program


I have been a studio potter for over 38 years, working in a variety of clays, techniques, and firing methods.  I am currently working in earthenware and stoneware clay bodies. Hand building the whimsical sculptural pieces, my work is glaze fired in an oxidation atmosphere at cone 04 using a combination of textural, crusty glazes, contrasting with smooth, dripping glazes, and terra sigillata.  My most recent work is functional, wheel thrown and altered cone 6 stoneware, featuring small images on a background of soft colored glaze.


For the past twenty years, my studio (TerraVista Studios) has been in an old warehouse in the St. Clair/Superior Arts District. I exhibit and sell my work through numerous galleries and art fairs throughout the Midwest.

I also teach a Continuing Education class in ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

In my ‘spare’ time, I am a bagpiper in the North Coast Pipe Band.