In a one-woman studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, I produce a line of functional, wheel-thrown stoneware with some one-of-a-kind pieces. Forms are classical; glazes are reminiscent of surrounding mountains, both in color and design, using rich blues and greens offset by creamy whites. The pottery has been maintained in the same place for more than 35 years, creating a loyal local following.
One series called “Nancy O’s” is inspired by my emotional response to Georgia O’Keeffe’s iris and lily paintings as well as my love of nature. In another series of lidded vessels I am playing with the form and function of the handles.
I received a BA in studio art from the University of Maryland. I did not begin to work in clay until I returned from serving two years in the Peace Corps. In 1980 I received the MA in ceramics from James Madison University, with the intention of teaching ceramics. However, I postponed teaching in favor of independent studio work. I began teaching at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia in 2002, finding it a perfect fit for my desire to share my love of clay with many motivated students. In 2009, I began teaching an introduction to ceramics course at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. The classes include a challenging range of students from high school age through adults.