After graduating college in 1994, I moved to rural Bryson City, North Carolina, where my husband Mike worked for the Park Service, and I began to discover the rich regional history of ceramics and how that's been applied in a contemporary way. I came to Asheville for a residency at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, and  started working and learning with some of the best potters in the country. I've been a working potter for 20 years and teacher for nearly 20 years, and even though we've left the special Western North Carolina area, my heart and commitment to fine craft and teaching remain.