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I had been painting about seven or eight years when I asked Allen Hart, my teacher and then director of the Visual Studies Center of the Greenwich Village Children's Aid Society, if I could volunteer in the afterschool children's art program. He suggested I take a minimum wage part time assistant job-but working with a wonderful, creative clay teacher, Elizabeth Jacobs. I told him I knew nothing about clay, but he said that didn't matter-I'd learn alongside the kids in her class.

Elizabeth changed my life-encouraging me and teaching me as I learned how to teach handbuilding to the kids. Eventually I studied briefly at the school with Renee Azenaro until circumstances didn't permit me to take more night classes. I then moved in 1989 to the Crafts Students League and Vera Lightstone, who has been my ceramics mentor ever since. Under her tutelage I acquired the techniques and skills necessary to my own creative explorations in the medium. Eventually I worked as a monitor and studio assistant in the clay studio before briefly enjoying the luxury of a studio of my own.

I am primarily a hand builder driven to construct organic vessels and, more occasionally animal and fish sculptures. Clay, for me, is a fluid, healing, compelling medium. Both the rigorous demands and excitement of raku and wood firings intrigue me…though most of my work by necessity is fired to cone 6 in electric kilns.

Currently, since the demise of the Crafts Students League, I am looking for a new venue and clay community in which to continue my work.