A little about me. I'm a mom, a grandma, and a very late bloomer, when it came to discovering who I was, and my love of clay and the great outdoors. I have an unusual sense of humor that overflows into each and every piece I create. I don't like special orders, since I mainly create to please myself, and if you like what you see, that's all more for the better. (therefore, don't ask) I like to use a lot of different types of clay, each having a unique look, adding more personality to each piece.
I grew up in Waukgean, Illinois, coming from an uptight Catholic family, the oldest of six kids, I'm surprised I turned out as well as I did. I work at home as well as in my studio. I sell at select Art Festivals, and online. I ship the best way suited for each individual piece and charge exact shipping costs. Handling fees will be minimal, I greatly dislike people who gouge by adding on all kinds of extra fees. I will package as I would expect something I want to receive packaged, I do all these things myself, so I know it's done right.
95% of what I do is hand building.I like earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, it depends upon my mood. Each piece is unique, no 2 are alike, there may be some similarities but they are not alike. Whether a piece be a Yard Guardian, Garden Art Bird House, Face Pot, Aquarium Art, etc...they are all lovingly fondled bu my hands to evolve into the unique personalities that they are.
There are always questions about commercially made molds, I make my own plaster casts; no one has these shapes but me. I make my own slip (earthenware), pour the molds myself, and sculpt the faces on each piece individually. From the beginning; pouring emptying, allowing to set, opening, and building a piece can take up to 3 days, then it must be allowed to dry, bone dry.
Drying on the Racks
Pieces dry on the racks until they are bone dry. Pieces must be completely dry before they can be bisque fired. People often ask how long it takes to complete a piece. It can be very time consuming, it can take a week or it can take up to 2 weeks for a piece to be dry enough to fire for the first time, it depends on the piece.