In 1994, I was hired by Bethlehem Steel as a clerk and quickly moved up to material coordinator. When ISG bought the plant, my job was one of the first to be eliminated. I had two choices: continue working but in the housekeeping department or take the buy-out and go back to college (fully paid by the re-training steel worker’s federal funds). It was an easy choice for me. I chose to go back to school but didn’t know what I wanted to do “when I grow up.” Aptitude testing showed art by an outstanding margin.
I began college at Indiana University in August of 2003, earning both my associates and bachelor degrees in art with “highest distinction” (equal to magna cum laude). Furthermore, I completed the Transition To Teaching program and earned my license to teach K-12 Art and Special Education. Being unhappy with the administration requirements of teaching, I decided to get back to my roots and make art again.
My favorite items to make are functional; bowls, mugs, plates, chimes, holiday decorations, and gifts of all kinds! Many artists believe that if a work is functional, it loses its artistic quality. Contrarily, I love making things that people will use rather than something to gather “dust.” I also am able to create favorite ceramic pieces that have been broken or lost or simply can't find exactly what someone wants. The limits are endless!