Since childhood, I have loved to draw, paint and "make things," and I was lucky to have a mom who let me make a mess as a child and teachers who recognized and nurtured my talent. I discovered my passion for clay in 1979 by taking a community college course at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX. In 1989 we moved back to Illinois and settled in Crystal Lake; eventually making space for a tiny clay studio in my basement. I have taken many college level classes in pottery, design and metals, and attended many local and national workshops, but am very proud to proclaim myself "self-taught."