I grew up in Long Island, N.Y. in an Italian family, where Sundays were filled with church, visits from cousins bearing Italian pastries, and an afternoon dinner of pasta. Our dinner table was large, accommodating six children, Nana, parents, and whoever else was visiting. I distinctly remember, the large floral platter of anti-pasta, and the large pink glazed pasta bowl being passed from one family member to the next… my little hands, accepting that bowl with delight. It was here that the seeds of pottery as a celebration of family and food took hold in my consciousness.
I never remember a time that I didn’t draw, sculpt, or build sand castles with the sand from nearby Jones Beach. By the age of nine I mastered the art of toothpick sculptures and knew then and there that being an artist would be my life work.
My skills of drawing and sculpture were refined as a young adult when I attended Alfred University College of Art and Design, earning a BFA in Ceramic Art, with a minor in Art Education, 1985.
After graduation I became a full time potter, selling my work at local gallery shops and craft fairs. Also at that time I began teaching at a local art and craft center. Liking teaching a great deal I decided to teach art full time at the High School level.
In 1993 I moved to Western Massachusetts. The beauty of the natural surroundings and the many artists throughout this region drew me to the area. It’s a cultural place with lots of artists, musicians, writers and universities… and did I mention lots of potters! I like making my pots here and enjoy teaching pottery here… two things I have been doing for the past twenty or so years.