A Clay Life Interrupted
I grew up in Helena, Montana surrounded by clay and amazing artists at Archie Brae. I think I created my first pot out of the clay soil from the surrounding hills in grade school. In school, I took classes in clay, when they were offered, and became proficient in throwing on the kick wheel. My clay life was interrupted when I attended college. I majored in technical writing and left Montana to work in Silicon Valley at various high tech companies. As the web was developing in the early 90s, I started International Bed and Breakfast Pages, combining my love of bed and breakfasts with my love of design and color. During this time, my husband, two boys, and I skipped around the country with stays in Washington State and Florida. I came back to clay in 2013 when I took a community class and realized that I had been missing working in this amazing medium. Within two years, I had my own wheel at home and a kiln. Last summer, I returned to Helena and Archie Brae, completing the circle. My art journey is far from complete and my process is evolving. I enjoy creating functional pieces of pottery for the home. The colors, techniques, and forms seem to be endless. I am not sure where this journey will end, but I can’t wait to see where this road takes me.