520-870-0823 Tucson, AZ USA
I‘ve been spending my summer 2023 in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. I saw Niagara Falls for the first time in my life. I’ve done quite a bit of sailing. Lake Erie near Cañada was a high light.
Private clay classes in throwing, handbuilding, sculpture and studio operations.
$40/hour 2hr minimum.
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I am in southern Arizona on and off until late spring 2023. Ask me about providing a unique private class in your studio (prefer outdoors) based on your clay/studio needs. If you you are a working potter and need some temporary help I will throw, sculpt or hand build for you to alter or decorate to your liking. I am proficient thrower of tableware. Mugs, bowls, plates platters, vases, lidded jars, just make a request. ($40/hour 2 hour minimum) I am willing to barter my skills and pottery for handywork, gas money, veggies. I can travel to you and can stay on location in my travel trailer, electricity and water are helpful. You supply the clay and location for me to work. I can also advise on firing and glazing and come back to help once the work is bisque fired.
I was born and raised in Tucson, Az. never having left my hometown as an adult for more than 2 weeks. I’m currently pushing 60.
2020 came along and I had some really ”Big Stuff” happen which prompted me to leave Tucson for the first time. I’ve traveled over 10,000 miles since then. I‘ve seen sights and experienced life since then that I could never have imagined in early 2020. In December of 2022 I resigned from the studio and classes I ran as an independent contractor for over 20 years. I’ve loved teaching so much that I will continue, just on a more intimate and smaller scale.
2020 helped me and many others
realize it was time for a change.
Clay is my primary media. I am an accomplished artist and teacher facilitating student success in sculpture, throwing, handbuilding, and starting their own studios in Tucson, AZ.
Photography has also been a passion and previously a job.
I dip into many other medias and materials on an as needed basis.
EMPTY BOWLS is a passion project near and dear to my heart that I have participated in and facilitated for over 10 years. 2022 was my final year to facilitate and the huge project has been passed on to the willing and ever so helpful Mary Swallow. There was a nice write up of my final year in the Az Daily Star.
As an instructor I am inspired when I guide my students to enjoy the process of clay. Having a finished product is inspiring, but the brainwork it takes during the making to actually create and work out issues is what amazes me.
I am inspired by so many things.
On my more functional and practical side, I love making serving pieces that work with the food you are serving. I was influenced by and lucky to participate in a vocational Chef's training program my last two years of high school. Daily use pieces, like the coffee cup, fascinate and challenge me to make
the next one just a little bit better. I've encouraged my students to test out their pieces before gifting. Their next pieces will be that much better having tested their prototype.
Sculpturally, I like to get ideas across visually that someone might not have thought of had they not seen it with their eyes. Currently I am working on pieces for an installation about narcissism and the patriarchy.
Personally, I am concerned about our great societal divides. I believe that it may come down to three things we all could easliy work on. Empathy, education and communication.
I am very compassionate and empathetic and always try help the underdog. Most of my life I've felt like a member of the misfit toy gang in the holiday classic Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. We are all human beings. I will not sacrifice my basic compassionate nature because of our superficial differences. I want to help everyone live their best lives. I want to be better having known you and you better for having known me.
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