The desire to create has always been with me. My first medium was fabric, needlework, and quilt making soon followed. In 1983 I took my first cake decorating class. More advanced classes and a teaching seminar, through Wilton Industries, led me into a 16 year career of commercial baking, decorating and teaching .
To advance my creativity in my culinary arts career I continued taking classes in drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. Most recently my interests have led me to work in ceramic clay creating sculptures and pottery. While this eclectic background is seemingly unrelated to art jewelry, I have discovered that the creative process is the same no matter what medium is used. Skills are accumulated, transferred and selectively applied to each new project. Consideration for color, texture, design and careful execution apply to all forms of art work.
In 2005 I received my certifications to teach in two national programs in PMC, through Rio Grande, and PMC Connection. My third certification from Art Clay World was achieved in 2006. That same year, in May, I completed the necessary requirements, and was accepted as a Sr. Instructor for Art Clay World. I have been teaching metal clay and jewelry making since 2005.
Teaching has been my joy throughout my career, allowing me to be a part of the creative process of each student for a short time. The response from students when they master new material, which first seemed impossible, is very rewarding. Every class I have taught I have learned something new from my students as well. Metal Clay is a medium that lends itself to design, creativity and experimentation. All the elements that make teaching and working in this medium rewarding and fun!