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Ithaca, NY 

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 “This project is made possible, in part, with the funding from The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.”   

Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Ithaca Clay School
Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Clayscapes
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   ​The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​I​ ​did​ ​after​ ​graduating​ ​from​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​State​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Ceramics​ ​at​ ​Alfred University​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Bachelor's​ ​in​ ​Fine​ ​Arts​ ​was​ ​to​ ​buy​ ​a​ ​slab​ ​roller.​ ​​ ​A​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​is​ ​like​ ​a​ ​large pasta​ ​machine​ ​for​ ​clay,​ ​mine​ ​is​ ​about​ ​6​ ​feet​ ​long,​ ​3​ ​feet​ ​wide,​ ​and​ ​extremely​ ​heavy.​ ​​ ​The​ ​next thing​ ​I​ ​did​ ​was​ ​move​ ​back​ ​to​ ​rural​ ​New​ ​Hampshire,​ ​where​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​up,​ ​and​ ​built​ ​a​ ​studio​ ​around my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​in​ ​my​ ​parents'​ ​barn.​ ​​A​ ​year​ ​later​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​and​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Woodstock​ ​NY where​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​resident​ ​artist​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Byrdcliffe​ ​Arts​ ​Colony.​ ​​ ​In​ ​2006​ ​we​ ​moved​ ​from​ ​Woodstock to​ ​Toledo​ ​Ohio.​ ​​ ​We​ ​had​ ​a​ ​studio​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tiny​ ​house​ ​we​ ​rented​ ​and​ ​made​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​pots​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​at​ ​art and​ ​craft​ ​shows.​ ​​ ​

 

Two​ ​years​ ​in​ ​flat​ ​Toledo​ ​was​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​tempt​ ​us​ ​back​ ​to​ ​Western​ ​New​ ​York. We​ ​settled​ ​in​ ​Corning,​ ​just​ ​south​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Finger​ ​Lakes,​ ​which​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​has​ ​never​ ​seen,​ ​but​ ​I enjoy​ ​exploring​ ​with​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​my​ ​family.​ ​​ ​In​ ​2012​ ​I​ ​became​ ​a​ ​member​ ​at​ ​Handwork,​ ​Ithaca's Artist​ ​Cooperative​ ​where​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​selling​ ​my​ ​work.​ ​​ ​I​ ​also​ ​enjoy​ ​traveling​ ​around​ ​the​ ​Finger​ ​Lakes selling​ ​the​ ​pottery​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​made​ ​at​ ​art​ ​and​ ​craft​ ​shows.