My earliest memories of shaping earth into art involve the making of mud pies, which I would sling at my brothers. That got me hooked.
While at Rhode Island College, I continued exploring clay while double majoring in art education and psychology. Later, as a student in RISD’s Continuing Education Program, I met a group of people with whom I founded Domus Luti, a pottery co-op in Pawtucket, RI. We continue our clay obsession to this day.
I joined the faculty at Newport Art Museum in 2003. In that position, I have been able to forward the joy and creativity that others have instilled in me. I teach others my passion!
My career is multi-faceted. As an artist, my work ranges from the sculptural to the functional. As an educator, I work with a diverse group of students who range in age from 4 to 90 and who come from a myriad of backgrounds. As the Museum’s outreach teacher, I also work with psychiatric and behavioral needs students from the Bradley Schools.
My work is infused with the ancient art of Raku, a Japanese firing technique where pieces are removed from the hot kiln and placed into a mass of combustible materials. The resulting fire and smoke react with the clay to create a crackled surface.
Through all of these processes, I continue to explore my relationship between time, places, people, cultures and rituals.