A few things to note:
B.A. in Sociology from Haverford College
M.A. in Elementary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University
M.F.A. in Ceramics from Penn State University
Where is your studio? Right now my studio is at Ohio University, where I am teaching as a Visiting Adjunct Professor.
Who is the artist who inspires you most today? Marije Vogelzang, an eating designer from the Netherlands. She designs food events that provoke interaction among people, or that evoke memories, or that engage participants in a multisensory experience.
Why did you pick the books you did for the Bookshelf? I've been researching human perception, and trying to figure out how we make sense out of our experiences using information we get from within and without. It's hard to separate our sensual capacities from one another, and two of the books that I chose deal with that in some way, celebrating the multisensory experience. The third book is a book of essays written by a poet, and I am intrigued by the voice with which she expresses her ideas.
Favorite Museum? I can't pick a favorite museum. I did get to touch some of my favorite ancient pots (including a Jomon pot that was so valuable that the curator helping us would not let go of it as we each gently grazed it with a fingertip; and some mouth-watering Islamic ceramics) at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I love the programming of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. I remember an intense visit to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, especially in the African and Oceanic Art Collections.
Which mug do you drink from the most at home? I just got a new Lisa Orr mug, which I've been using nonstop. I tend to use one mug monogamously until I break it. Before Lisa's mug appeared, I was using one of Joe Molinaro's. That one hasn't broken yet, but I got distracted by Lisa's. Before Joe's mug was a Martina Lantin (broken) and string of Birdie Boones (broken).
Objective Clay was founded by fourteen artists with a shared vision to create an artist established and maintained online space. This space functions as a gallery to view our latest work as well as a window into our current thoughts in process. By sharing our ideas and opening our studios, we invite artists, non-artists, educators, and students to actively engage in our artistic practices. In this virtual studio, the people who love pots can view/purchase new work and form direct relationships with the artists who make them.