I was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. I was fortunate to be encouraged and supported to pursue an artistic career by family and friends. In 1991, I enrolled in my first ceramics class at the Hartford Art School, then continued my education in the arts at the Kansas City Art Institute Alfred School of Art and Design. Eventually, I moved westward to be a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Currently, I live in Anchorage, Alaska where I’m a potter and a Professor of Ceramics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. My studio practice consists of making a variety of functional forms out of porcelain and stoneware that either subtly or directly depict my interest in old New England tobacco barns, the color of honey, 1930’s French automobiles, Native Alaskan ivory bird carvings, children’s book illustrations, Danish furniture, magpies….. I also have interests in woodworking, cooking, hiking, house remodeling, visiting museums, and traveling to see nieces and nephews in Massachusetts.