I was born & raised in Chicago, IL, received a BA in Fine Art from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI and have lived in Kalamazoo for 34 years. My work is intuitive, coming from a past that resides within the soul I was born with. All of my pieces are hand-built and most often, pit fired. Pit firing is the process of burying the piece in a container filled with wood, planar shavings, sawdust and/or other combustible materials. The materials are then set on fire and allowed to smolder until completely burned away. The result is an earthy, smoky finish that I feel suits the forms I create.