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I love working with people. They are an endless source of inspiration, insight and surprises. Teaching brings me a great deal of joy. I have taught at the community college level since 1986 in Ceramic hand building and throwing, sculpture, textiles, design, drawing, art education, Raku, Pit firing, Surface Development, Mask Making, gallery assistance and other areas. I have an abiding commitment to Art and to education.
I love creating sculptural work and functional pottery on the potter's wheel and by hand building. Clay holds a fascination for me because of its remarkable integrity of form and surface, the spontaneity with which it can be worked, as well as its durability and usefulness. I enjoy working with a pallete of color, light and texture as well as the interactions between clay, glaze and fire. These are the tools for creating poetry in the visual language that we share.
Activities that increase student involvement and create opportunities for outreach into the community are a high priority. Many of my students participate in the California Conference for the Advancement of the Ceramic Arts (CCACA) at Davis and the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH).
You are invited to visit this site and see the work and activities of my students, links to sites of interest and images of sculptural and functional work that I have created in a variety of ceramic processes.
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