After graduating from the New York City High School of Music and Art in 1958, Jane Hartsook gave me a scholarship to work and study at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. I have been working in clay ever since. I spent many years working and teaching in New York at both Greenwich House and the 92nd Street Y, and also had my own studio in Manhattan for more than 20 years. In recent years I have been working at my studio in Columbia County, New York.
I have exhibited at the Northeast Crafts Fair at Rhinebeck, NY, the Monument Mountain Crafts Show in Great Barrington, MA, the Elaine Benson Gallery in East Hampton, the “Crafts in a Landscape” tour sponsored by the Columbia County Council for the Arts, SKH Gallery in Great Barrington, Spencertown Academy in Spencertown, NY, and at the Stageworks Gallery and the Verdigris Gallery in Hudson, New York. I also had a piece in the “Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005” at Baltimore Clayworks.
I received the 2002 Arts Award from the Columbia County Council for the Arts. My work is featured in the book Out of the Earth Into the Fire by my longtime studio partner Mimi Obstler (published by the American Crafts Council and now in its second edition), and in Ceramics Monthly (June/July/August issue 2003).
But mostly, I work to please myself and my own high standards.