1979 I went to Pratt Institute to study painting. In my senior year a friend
suggested that I take a pottery class with her. I loved it! That was the end of
my painting career, and the beginning of what I am still doing today.
There was something about the fact that when I created something in pottery, I
could use it in everyday life.
After graduation from Pratt with a BFA, I apprenticed with potter Judy
O’Donahue, who was part of the Brooklyn Potters Group. There I was exposed to
such greats as Byron Temple and Ragnar Naess. During this time I also worked in
SoHo for the painter Howard Buchwald, and then for the sculptor Alice Aycock.
While working in the SoHo world of galleries, dealers and dollars I felt
eclipsed; whereas with my time spent in the potter’s world, I felt joy,
inspiration and creative energy. Today this still carries me to each new
exciting discovery of shape, texture, color, and material.
The practicality that gave me joy in making usable pots also drove me to enter
the Masters program at New York Institute of Technology in the brand-new field
of computer graphics (Macs were not yet invented!). Throughout that period I
continued my apprenticeship to the potter. By the time I graduated, I was
working full time in computer graphics, had stopped apprenticing pottery, and
had started taking advanced pottery classes in studios in NYC and NJ.
One of the studios where I studied was the Old Church Cultural Center in
Demarest, NJ. My teacher there was Mikhail Zakin, a peer of Karen Karnes.
Learning from her showed me that time, life and my contemporaries were the best
fertilizers of the craft. I settled in for the long patient journey.
I got married and moved several times, from NY to MA to CA to CT and back to MA.
During that time my husband and I had 2 babies. I was a full- time mom and
continued to pay for pottery classes in studios and art centers, fitting in
hours as I could. Because of all the different studios I worked in over the
years, I was exposed to many types of clay, glazes, firing methods and
temperatures. Flexibility and countless ideas became a valuable part of the
Several years later, with my family settled in Acton, Massachusetts, and with
the babies in elementary school, I finally set up my own studio and pottery
business, Cave Made Pottery (www.cavemadepottery.com). I start each pot
remembering the instructions from my first pottery teacher at Pratt (Nancy
LaPointe- UMass Amherst): each step is equally important and must be mastered to
proceed with success, from wedging to cooling. It is with great joy that I go
out there on school days and work with the rhythms, feelings and spirits that
move me, until the kids get home.
I would be happy
to let you know where my work will be shown or sold. Just drop me an email at
and I will put you on my mailing list. Or just check back here from time to time
and I will post the information here.