2016 ART FAIRS
Twenty Dirty Hands
Galena + Elizabeth, IL
Outside The Lines Art Gallery
Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL
I was first introduced to clay as an art form while a high-school student. Encouraged and
inspired to pursue this as a career by some great teachers and artists, I attended The University
of Northern Iowa on an Art scholarship and graduated in 1966. In 1972 I received my MA from
UNI with a creative thesis in Ceramics. I have continued post graduate studies at The University
of Iowa. In 2008 I retired from The Dubuque Community Schools as an Art Teacher after 41 years.
My pottery is fired in a gas, wood or salt kiln to stoneware temperatures. I apply clay-slips,
metal-washes and glazes to either green ware or bisque ware for color. The majority of my work
is a combination of wheel thrown, slab construction and slump mold construction. Organic and
man made textures complete the forms.
The Mississippi River and the surrounding area is my inspiration and serves as a resource for
materials used in design of my clay forms.