I was born in Fairmont, West Virginia and it was here that I learned to love nature and art. I earned a bachelor's degree in Art Education from Fairmont State College. During my college days I took classes in drawing, oil painting, watercolor . . . all the basics. I was also required to take a ceramics class and I was NOT happy about it. I thought I would hate pottery but as soon as my hands touched the clay I was hooked! Since then I've always dreamed of being a full-time potter. Currently I still have my day job teaching visual arts and pottery to high school students but this site is still a dream come true for me. At some point after moving to Memphis, Tennessee in 1995 I became curious about making things out of wood. I have always been amazed at the inherent beauty in the grain of wood and taken back by how a well sanded piece feels so satisfying in your hands. Recently I purchased some spoon carving tools and this new addiction has been competing with my love for pottery ever since. From WV down to TN my love for nature and art have intertwined in a way that bring me joy beyond compare. My hope is that the pieces you see here bring you some joy as well.