I believe that life should be centered around family, friends and doing what you love.  I also believe in working hard and putting my best into everything I do. To be sucessfull at anything you have to be determined and be willing to put in the time and effort. I love the motto "work hard, play hard". I currently live in Orem, Utah with my two beautiful daughters, Madelyn and Josie and our silly cat, Hello Kitty.  

I love the outdoors and going on adventures, camping and hiking, campfires with friends, running, playing soccer,  and wilderness skills. I love the Anasazi culture, and I especially love their pottery. I really enjoy travelling and visiting the many ruins and museums all over the American Southwest.    

My desire to make anasazi pottery started with my interest in primitive and survival skills. I love the fact that you can go into the wild with nothing and get all you need to survive and even flourish from the earth. The idea that you can go out and dig up some "dirt", shape it, paint it and fire it all using only materials found in nature is amazing to me. 

Along with my interest in primitive skills I also have a love for the desert of the southwest...and this is where I developed a fascination of the pottery of the Anasazi. There are many areas where Anasazi pot shards are scattered all over the ground, so many that it's hard to walk without stepping on them. 
These pottery shards can tell you so much ...the thickness of the walls of the pot, the type of temper used, the size of the vessel and if you know enough about the Anasazi they can tell you where and when it was made. Amazingly, on some shards (and pots) you can still see the potters fingerprints.

I was so facinated by the designs on these pots shards and the pottery I saw in museums. How advanced this culture must have been to have knowledge and skill to create something so beautiful yet strong enough to last for centuries. I decided that I would learn all I could about the Anasazi and the process they went through in making their pottery so that I could learn from following their steps and make pottery just like theirs.

I began by researching online and taking classes at local museums and schools. I also practiced handbuilding with clay from the store. It wasn't long before I was out digging and processing clay and firing on my own. It's been over 4 years and I am now teaching my own classes locally and at primitive skills workshops.

Maybe one day, far in the future someone will pick up one of my pots and wonder about my life. Maybe they'll be inspired to create something that lasts longer than they will. Maybe they will get a glimpse of my personality in the texture or overall quality of the pot. I love the idea that through pottery we are connected, past, present and future.

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