My pottery is inspired by the historic folk and art traditions of Western North Carolina. My folk style pieces include face jugs, ring jugs, and sculptures. Traditional wood ash glazes add natural colors to my work.
Art pottery includes cameo and crystalline glazed styles, based on Pisgah Forest, North Carolina’s first art pottery. My favorite and unique creations are vases and lanterns with detailed cut-out scenes of mountain people, farms, and animals. All my work is high-fired durable stoneware.
I grew up in Western North Carolina, received a Master’s degree from Western Carolina University, and was an art teacher. Inspired by examples of regional folk and art pottery, I became a part-time potter in the 1970s and have been a full-time potter since 1992.
I have given numerous talks on local pottery and have exhibited my collection at many universities and museums. I wrote the book on Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah and co-authored the book “North Carolina Art Pottery.” My memberships include the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the American Art Pottery Association, and the Southern Folk Pottery Collectors Society. Examples of my art and folk-style pottery are in many private collections as well as National and International museums.