I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and began taking classes at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts when I was four years old. I moved to New York City to attend Barnard College and graduated magna cum laude in 1979. In 1986 I earned a masters degree from Pratt Institute in art therapy. I have taken courses at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Greenwich House Pottery.
I am a teaching artist on the roster of Elders Share The Arts (ESTA) and have also worked as a SPARC and a Su Casa teaching artist in senior centers under the auspices of the NYC Departments for the Aging and of Cultural Affairs. Enabling other people to create their own artwork gives me great joy.
When I sculpt, I like to create works that amuse. I occasionally tackle big issues, without going stark or scary. I generally come to the studio with ideas and reference materials, but as work develops, the clay often suggests new directions. I build sculptures using clay coils and some slabs. I carve and model the details. My older work is done in kiln-fired clay and finished with slips, oxides, glazes and an occasional cold finish. My newer work is done in air-dried clay and finished in acrylic. I hope you enjoy it.