When I was 27 I began working with clay thinking it would sustain me mentally, physically and economically for the rest of my life; and it has. For 42 years I have been a full-time professional artist, sculpting clay, making pots and applying polychromatic glazes to surfaces. After exhibiting and selling pots for 25 years, I recreated myself and earned an MFA in Ceramics at age 50.
Two years ago I retired from Minneapolis College a day before I had my kidney and a football- sized malignant tumor removed. For a year I underwent chemotherapy while drawing and painting the surfaces of my sculptures and pots. The past two years I have approached my work with a desire to create an awareness of our impending water crisis: kidneys being the underground rivers and lakes of our bodies.