popularity of feminine porcelains faded, I began working with stoneware.
It wasn't nearly as fussy as porcelain, and made a welcome change. It
too was very successful, but I never felt very creative with it, and after
several incredibly productive years I decided it was time to start making
pieces again that were more artistically challenging.
2001, I began playing around with leaf impressed, handbuilt forms, and discovered a whole new
world of possibilities. In some cases I treat each individual
leaf shape as a pattern piece, joining leaves together at the seams to
make three-dimensional vessels. Other pieces are assembled by
overlapping or wrapping leaves to form interesting or unique
shapes. Most of these pieces are available in either stoneware
I still live in an old stone tenant
house on my great-grandparents' farm, fixing it and other buildings when I have the time and
money. My mother, one brother and his family, an aunt and a
cousin, also transplanted Washingtonians, also live on the property in
their own homes, and in 1998 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the
In my spare time, I
read as much as possible, garden, and enjoy the lakes in the summer.
I've also started raising some very lovely chickens, the 'ladies', and
spoil them rotten whenever I can; in return, they present me with their
lovely eggs every day, and try to follow me wherever I go. I
also spend a lot of time with my family, collect as much old furniture as I can fit into the
old buildings to restore later and, whenever possible, travel.
It's really all
quite wonderful, this life of mine.
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