Tell us a bit about yourself.
I don’t like to work out, I don’t blow dry my hair, I get up earlier than I want to, I look good in green, and I adore being in my garden. I’m in love with my dog, Claude; it’s a new relationship, but it was love at first sight. Since I was always the last kid to be picked for dodgeball, I realized I needed to develop an alternative skill to reach some acceptable level of fame and fortune.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Well, my house isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be…I maintain my friendships, which are lifelong and unique. I have a blog that I have been trying to work on every day this year. It is a reflection of my work and the things that inspire me.
The reality is I work all the time. I’m a Capricorn.
Where does your inspiration come from?
The newspaper, really good stories, authentic individuals, my parents, great art in any form, my imagination, making a sale on Etsy in a remote part of the world, animal friends, children, conversations and gardens. I know that by working every day and paying attention, something happens.
What does handmade mean to you?
I make things all the time and send them out into the world. People connect to objects in such personal ways. Hearing stories about the relationships people form with my work makes me really happy. Only then is my circle of making complete.
Who has been most influential in your craft?
My grandmother is the first person that I remember making something by hand; she also knit, cooked and worked in our garden. I was really excited when I saw the love she put into her work. That was when I first began to have an imagination about the process of making something with my own hands.
When did you know you were an artist/maker?
By the time I graduated from kindergarten, circa June 12, 1966. I had a friend that I would draw with every day. I could hardly wait until we would be together drawing each day. It felt like really important work at the time, and it was an experience that has fueled a lifelong passion to collaborate with different artists.
How would you describe your creative process?
I wake up, walk my dog, have coffee, turn on a book on tape and go to work, whether I feel like it or not. I try not to think too much; things usually turn out better that way. Listening to stories helps me to focus and really frees up my mind.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would want to go back about a thousand years to the part of New Mexico where Mimbres pottery was produced. I’d love to watch the women paint their incredible and mysterious pots, which have been such an inspiration to me.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My grandmother used to make us dolls that were not anatomically accurate. We called them “moppies.” They were simple and made from socks of every color, and they had full wardrobes made from scraps of fabric and yarn. I think one still survives today!
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
The problem is having too many ideas that I never have the time to get to. Maybe it would help if I had a few extra arms?
Where would you like to be in ten years?
I don’t want to look ten years younger — I want to be ten years younger, and I want to be in Paris.