About the Artist

Crafting authenticity synthesizes who I am and what I do.  Exploration of character suggests externalizing the internal and recognizing the inextricability of the physical and the spiritual.  As a vessel maker, I am attentive to interior volumes and exterior textures – the tangible container and the intangible contents.  I am profoundly inspired by the “earthen vessel” metaphor.  I am awed by beauty and creativity, transformation and transcendence.  Art enriches living.  In my coming of age story, epiphanies at the potter’s wheel revealed my true path as a potter.  When I center the clay on the potter’s wheel, I am wholly present and also centered.

My life experiences are interwoven with an evolving continuum of learning, teaching, and creating three-dimensional objects.  Continuously since 1975, I have been teaching various courses in ceramics, art history and art appreciation at the dynamically diverse Montgomery County Community College.  As artisan and teacher, I aspire to inspire.   

I have gained invaluable lessons from travel experiences especially in Italy, my ancestral home.  Highlights include being a resident artist at a school of ceramics renowned since the Middle Ages, a graduate research fellow exploring Renaissance terracotta sculpture and an anchor teacher for two study abroad programs.

Restoration of our early 19th century home and three acres of gardening have been labors of love for my husband and me.  In 2008, we replaced my garage studio with an eco-conscious out-of-ground construction – “Mirthful Angel Pottery” studio.

Engaging spirituality into the creative process, I am invigorated by a renewed sense of purpose, which integrates tradition and innovation, adapting archetypal ceramic forms.  The alchemy of the ceramic process offers infinite possibilities as seen in historic and contemporary ceramic treasures.  Sixth century B.C. Athenian amphorae particularly resonate with my sensibilities.  In this tradition, masterful use of the potter’s wheel, control over the firing process in a kiln and principles of proportion and decoration were well-established.  The search for integrity in who I am and in what I make has yielded my signature vase series, “Earthen Vessel.” I hope that my inspired innovations contribute to the canon of “fired passion”.

Education

  • M.A. Candidate, Art History Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 
    • Teaching Fellow, Temple University,  Elements of Visual Experience Course
    • Research Fellow, Temple University, Rome; Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana; Biblioteca Herziana (Renaissance Terra Cotta Sculpture)
  • M.Ed. Art, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    • Teaching Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, Art (K-12)
  • B.A. Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.S. Ed., West Chester University, PA
    • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, Elem. Ed.
  • Resident Artist, Istituto Statale D’Arte per la Ceramica, Castelli, Italy
  • The Barnes Foundation, Art Appreciation, three year program
  • Credit and non-credit courses for lifelong learning enrichment and professional development: Montgomery County Community College; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Division of Education; National Council for Education of Ceramic Art Conferences; Teaching with Technology/Mid-Atlantic College Conferences

 

 

Professional Teaching Experience

 

  • Senior Adjunct Faculty, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
    • Credit courses taught:  Art History I; Art History II; Art History III; History of Graphic Design; 3-D Design; Ceramics I; Ceramics II; Ceramics III
      • Anchor Teacher for Study Abroad Programs – Florence, Italy
      • Teaching Excellence in Higher Education Certificate
      • Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
      • Published “An Aesthetic Approach,” Faculty Monograph,” Tales,” Vol. 2, 1998
    • Non-Credit courses taught: Ceramic Studio Workshop; The Figure Sculpted Through the Ages; Monuments of Western Civilization; Impressionism; Italian Renaissance Art; Art Appreciation; Early Twentieth Century Art; Early Artistic Heritage; Rome, The Eternal City
  • Adjunct Instructor, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    • Credit Courses taught: Art History Survey; Monuments of Western Civilization; Elements of Visual Experience
  • Adjunct Instructor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
    • Credit Courses taught: Art Appreciation
  • Adjunct Instructor, Community College of Philadelphia
    • Credit Courses taught: Ceramics
  • Workshop Lecturer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    • Non-Credit Course taught:  Clay Hand-building Techniques
    • Designed and produced “Three Artisans,” an educational audio-visual program for enhancement of crafts gallery tour
  • Invited Demonstrator/Speaker/Workshop Instructor:  Rotary Club, Unitarian Fellowship, Norristown Art League, North Penn Art Alliance, Senior Residences

 

Exhibitions

 

  • Permanent Collection, Istituto Statale d’Arte per la Ceramica, Castelli, Italy
  • Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
  • Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA; Annual Faculty Exhibitions consecutively since 1976
  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA: One Woman and Clay

 

  • Represented in fine craft galleries and private collections, USA and abroad
  • Numerous Awards from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and PA Art Centers
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