The Inspiration

In the mid 1970’s, I saw an ornate ceramic camel table in the window of a ceramic studio. I wanted it for my mother, who collected camels. Upon inquiry about the camel table, the owner of the shop suggested I make my own, thus began my ceramic art career.

After attending seminars, classes and learning the care and upkeep of the equipment, I decided to produce my work for sale. I have always loved flowers and gardening and saw a market for floral planters and vases. In 1985, I opened a small retail storefront and with the help of my brother, pursued a wholesale market with local florists as well.

We found that the wholesale market flourished, closed the retail shop and moved the business to a warehouse in downtown St. Louis. Our focus was to supply local florists with their ceramic products.

My Creative Evolution

The flood of ’93 disrupted all local floral business and I closed my business. After several years, I moved a few remaining pieces of equipment into my basement and contemplated a new start in ceramic work. I was also ready for fresh new designs and took several seminars. It was there that I discovered clay lifting.

After removing greenware from the mold, I tear and pull the piece into a unique form. I began making small flowers and leaves and attaching them. I also experimented with texturizing the pieces using different glazes and overglazes to vary my results.

The Shift to Garden Art

Upon building my own personal garden, I wanted a stepping stone path to go around my house.  My friend did stained glass art and brought her glass scraps to me, along with a hexagon mold for concrete stones.  She showed me the basics of laying out the mosaic glass design and pouring concrete into the mold to create a stone.  As I began to produce stones for my garden, it did not take long before I became bored with just splatter glass patterns and began to explore more intricate designs.  As my path grew so did interest in my stones.  Friends began requesting stones from me and encouraged me to market my work.

In 2008, a veterinarian who was familiar with my work suggested that I offer “pet memory” stones with the ashes of the pet in the stone and their name on the front.  Thus began the Pet Memory stone line of my business.  As my personalized stones became more popular, people started requesting custom stones for a variety of occasions.  My work is more abstract than patterned and this enables me to design unique and personalized stones.

When I am not designing stones,  I play with my exotic birds, cats, and hand-feed the fish in the backyard garden pond that I designed.

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