As a kid, I enjoyed drawing and designing. I started college as an art major but after a semester switched to the social sciences. As an adult, I loved the feel of the earth in my hands, as well as seeing beautiful plants spring to life in the garden. I was fascinated by potters working at the wheel. These threads drew me to clay. After clearing the hurdle of being my first teacher's "challenge student", I gradually assimilated the techniques of many wonderful teachers at Duke Craft Center, Claymakers, NC State Craft Center, John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Odyssey Center. I now concentrate in four main areas. Hand-built animal forms turn into whistles, piggy banks, and raku sculptures. I carve flowers and dragonflies on slip-covered bowls. Garden totems and goddess sculptures are my most recent creations.