I was fortunate to have grown up on a sunny tropical island in the
Caribbean. The equatorial rain forests of that region, its exotic
plants, fascinating animal life along with a culture so rich and diverse,
have all been very important influences and inspiration for my work.
My early classical training in drawing and watercolor painting translate
well to the Maiolica technique of glazing. The forms that I use are
both useful and ornamental and allow me an extended choice of palette
and brush work that expresses my love of plants, painting and pattern.
By this process, I am able to make connections between myself, my
life, the natural world and those who appreciate my work. The vibrant
color and early work of artists like Picasso, VanGogh and Matisse
as well as the traditional Islamic, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
tin-glazed pottery, continue to guide and inspire my work.
I began making pottery while working with the United Nations Project
for the Development of Arts and Crafts in developing nations. My continued
interest in working with clay, then led me to the University of the
West Indies, Trinidad, W.I., to expand my knowledge of wheel throwing,
hand-building and glaze chemistry. Subsequently, the next few years
were spent working in, what was then, the only modern pottery in the
country. With the use of these facilities, I had the opportunity to
further develop and explore my own designs. Many years, pots and experiences
have passed since those early beginnings and on reflection, I realize
how invaluable this time was to my growth and development in the ceramic
When my family and I moved to the USA, the arts community in our
region offered me many opportunities to become involved with teaching
and showing my work. As I've traveled to many different countries
through out my career, it is clear to me how important the arts communities
are to all cultures of the world.
Presently, I own and operate a clay studio in the beautiful mountains
of North Carolina surrounded by a wealth of support and encouragement
from many other crafts people and organizations in the area. My work
has received numerous awards from Museum Exhibitions and competitions
nationally and internationally with many pieces in private collections.