After years of toiling as a corporate accountant, I put those math and business skills to work in a joyfilled career as an artist working with polymer clay.
My work has been juried into several national exhibits and is sold in retail galleries across the US. Authoring “Polymer Clay Creative Traditions” and “Polymer Clay Master Class” (2012) and releasing an instructional DVD entitled “Millefiori Story” fulfilled my desire to do research on this incredibly versatile medium and share my enthusiasm with others. I have co-authored three other books and appeared on television shows, including The Carol Duvall Show, Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Shop-at-Home.
I teach workshops and speak around the country and internationally sharing my fascination with polymer clay.
Giving back to the community that has fed my creative soul led me to a term as President of the International Polymer Clay Association. I am also my state representative for the American Craft Council/SE and have been involved in planning numerous conferences for that organization. My home and studio are in West Virginia, a state whose commitment to its artisans is unrivalled and I have contributed to their mission by a term on the artisan advisory board for Tamarack, the premier juried artisan venue for the state.
I share my life with my supportive husband, Greg and my two wonderfully creative children, Maria and Max.
My fascination with polymer clay began when I realized that this medium was moldable color. I could create 2D images in 3D form using a technique known as millefiori, a traditional glass technique. My current line of work is jewelry with a kinetic flair. My need for movement, both in my thoughts and emotions is satisfied with the ability to fidget with the jewelry.
I find that I am most at ease combining my love of creating art and communicating with the public. I have satisfied that need in the past by organizing conferences, developing programs for the International Polymer Clay Association, demonstrating at galleries, tradeshows and on television.