In many ways, I remain grounded in the 20th century. Not that I feel “stuck in the past,” as I do take full advantage of the tech revolution, but I will probably never abandon some habits and aesthetics established in my formative years. Whether it’s reading a newspaper with my morning coffee, or working within the parameters of wheel-thrown, high-fired stoneware, I like my routines. However, material, process and temperature are just the basics for my claywork. Each summer, I add a new form, technique or glaze to my repertoire, going beyond my comfort zone to explore possibilities. Among my past favorites were lidded jars with coil faceting, vases thrown from layered clays, and plates decorated with trailed glazes. Currently, I’m working on developing a series of wheel-thrown vases patterned with tool and finger impressions, folds and projections.
I have produced, taught and written about ceramics for more than 50 years. My interest in clay art developed when I was a journalism student at Ohio State University. After graduation, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where I taught wheel-throwing and handbuilding at the Gibbes Museum of Art School and at Ashley Hall (a private school for girls).
On returning to Ohio, I had the opportunity to combine my journalism and ceramics interests by becoming a copy editor for Ceramics Monthly magazine. Eventually I became the associate editor, then editor, retiring in 2003 after 24 years with CM.
Throughout my magazine career, I also participated in regional and national ceramics organizations (awarded lifetime honorary membership to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and to Ohio Designer Craftsmen), and served as a juror for several exhibitions (including the Bienal de Arte en Ceramics in Mexico and the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts National Ceramic Competition in Alabama).
Since moving to Sedona, I have enjoyed working about nine months of the year (when there is no threat of below freezing temperatures) on a covered patio at my home. Here, I have the advantages of cleaning up with a hose and of entertainment from local wild life, including the usual antics of quail and lizards, sometimes javelina (alone or in small groups), coyotes, foxes and the occasional bobcat.