In 2002, after 20-plus years in the Real Estate industry I took two semesters in Pottery at McLennan Community College in Waco.
Under the tutelage of Trey Southe, I learned the basics of hand building, pottery wheel and ceramic paint variations.
Other classes in Waco with Barbara Francis encouraged me to continue with an exciting and satisfying hobby.
On a whim, I entered a few pieces of art in the West Central Texas Ceramic Expo in 2006.
With several ribbons awarded, I garnered the Best in Show in the Ceramic/Pottery division.
The following year with another success of Best in Show, I decided to become a little more serious about pottery.
Taking classes with Randy Boudreaux at the Cultural Art Center in Temple, Texas gave exposure to Raku and other art forms with different types of clay.
In 2008 I took a weeklong class at the Arrowmont Art Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
A small class of 12 students studied under the direction of master potter, Bill van Gilder.
Nationally recognized with international studies, his show on the DIY network makes it all look so simple.
I found that it wasn't that simple.
Upon returning to Waco, I submitted a few pottery pieces in the 2009 Southwest Ceramic Art Show in Mesquite, TX.
Bringing home two top honors, my husband and I decided to build a studio on our 10-acre home site in Bosqueville, TX.
The pottery series, "Awaken" with the harvest gold colors, spots of orange on black and tan became my signature pieces.
Along with artworks for display, I make functional pieces and have been commissioned to make vessel sinks.
At my studio, Mammoth Creek Pottery in Waco, Texas, I have shared skills during informal classes.
The last few years, I have been presenting structured classes at the Art Center of Waco on the campus of McLennan Community College.