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I saw my first pot being thrown on a kick wheel by George Scratchard at his studio in Vermont- My family drove from Burlington to Underhill in our Buick station wagon to find a man throwing a bottle form on a kick wheel “ en plein air” outside his barn- early 1970’s –the pot was a custom order my Mom put in and picking it up was an adventure- I can still see the vase in my mind – green matte glaze- simple and elegant- faint throwing marks- the vessel broke in the 1980’s but the memory is strong. I earned a BFA Illustration at RISD in 1984- some clay as part of foundation work but that’s it. Following RISD I worked in advertising and printing but after putting in a number of years I wanted out to pursue a teaching angle. An MA in Art ED at UMASS Amherst completed in 1994 led me to working and thinking about clay in a new way. My first teaching job out of UMass led me to the town of Palmer and a facility/school with a surprisingly strong commitment to teaching ceramics to its youth- I have been there since 1994 and essentially learned the ins and outs of running a clay studio there. I have been Director of Art for the system for many years- have learned along the way and am very committed to teaching creativity, process and problem solving skills to students. I also worked many summers for Camp Kinderland in the Berkshires running a clay program for campers and playing bluegrass music with the kids. I live in the old Bofat schoolhouse with my family in Chesterfield Massachusetts and maintain a studio on site. I am pleased to be a member of the K12 team and look forward to meeting you at our shows- until then the best in clay to you.