It all started in Jr. High art class in The Dalles, Oregon. Ms. Orr introduced me to clay and I haven't been able to keep my hands out of it since. I received my college degree in Graphic Design, but had spent most of my elective credits in the ceramic studio. I went to work in advertising and after four years of unhappily plunking on a computer keyboard, I took a commission job making 200 custom ceramic vases. The completion deadline forced me to quit my graphics job and then I never went back to plunking. I have now been making and teaching ceramics for over 15 years. I never expected it to be more than a passionate hobby, or that I would be on the teacher side of introducing children to clay.
The whole monster thing got started when I would create little guardian creatures that I placed on top of the kiln to ward off bad results during firings. Friends wanted those monsters on top of the kiln more than what was coming out of the kiln. I'm enjoying the whole monster making niche and the kind of people that are attracted to it are the best part of it.