Copper Kiln Pottery
2912 Saxon Ave
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
Studio Phone: 907-479-7939
Copper Kiln Pottery
2876 Jackie Circle
Minden, Nevada 89423
Studio Phone: 775-267-4175
Cell Phone: 775-721-3461 (at both locations)
I have been a resident of Alaska since 1971 when my husband and I meandered our way north on an extended ski vacation. Living around the state for 35 years in various places(Anchorage, Cordova, King Salmon, Girdwood, and Fairbanks), my husband Rich and I now spend winters in Nevada where we were both raised and return to Fairbanks yearly to enjoy Alaskan summers.
I first started working in clay in 1978 as a leisure activity and soon became "hooked" taking classes, taking over the family room, and finally building a studio in Anchorage. I studied at the University of Alaska and attended workshops by Don Reitz, Jennifer Allen, Hank Murrow, Dick Lehman, Bobby Siedleman, Meridith Host, Sandy Blaine, and Al Tennant. Japanese historial pottery has been a big influence in my work and style. Since retirement from the medical field I have been working full time in clay both functional and Raku. Pottery has been a big part of my life for the past 35 years. My style and forms evolve in synergy with my life's experiences and extensive travels. If some of my pieces bring a smile to your face, they have been successful. My pottery is made to be enjoyed and used daily.
I fire to cone 10 or 2350 degrees F. in porcelain or stoneware clay bodies. All glazes are made by myself and are lead and barium free. Functional work is dishwasher and microwave safe and can be used in a non-preheated oven. Some of my art pieces are Raku fired and strickly non-functional. They will not hold liquids and should not be used for food. They are easily recognized by their black clay body and metallic glazes. I recently have been experimenting with salt firing. These pieces are tan, carmel variegated. They are food safe and have also been high fired to 2350 degrees F.
We became snowbirds in 2000 wintering in Minden, Nevada and spending summers in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have built studios in both places and enjoy creating clay work both places. Each environment stimulates different bodies of work. I am also currently teaching classes in handbuildingon Monday evenings in the winter at Ogre-Holmes Pottery in Carson City, Nevada. Summers are spent selling artwork at local fairs, the Tanana Farmer's Market in Fairbanks and out of my studio. Custom orders taken as time permits.
Studio tours are available by request in either Nevada or Alaska. Please use above contact methods.
You can find my work at the following galleries!