Reading books was a passion in my family. Mythology, lost civilizations, science fiction and the classics fascinated me. I would become lost in maps and detailed illustrations…poring over them in a kind of trance-like state. In fourth grade I received a book on archaeology for Christmas from my parents and for a long time I thought that would be my profession. The art of the pre-Columbian cultures, ancient Egypt and bronze age China especially appealed to me. I am a graduate of the University of Florida and I have been working in clay for more than 20 years—making my own artifacts. My work is handbuilt using traditional slab, pinch and coil techniques. Most of my pieces are reduction fired to cone 10.