The first time I watched a pot being thrown on a potter’s wheel was a life-altering moment. Now over 40 years later, I am still fascinated by the magic of the clay itself and thrive on the potential inherent in the material. My work is rooted in function. The forms are simple; the glazes are layered blues, greens and earth tones. I am inspired by the natural world and the mountains and vistas surrounding my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I work in several directions, all starting with wheel-thrown pieces that are altered at various stages, some with sculptural additions. I enjoy sharing my love of clay as the ceramics instructor at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton and at PVCC and City Clay in Charlottesville, Virginia.