I was born in Tacoma, Washington, and raised in Upland, California. I discovered both art and ceramics in high school, where I had excellent teachers. Continuing on to Chaffey Community College, I got more involved in the arts, including working for two silkscreen shops, doing drawing and printing. Being in close proximity to the Claremont art scene was great exposure to different working methods. I then attended Cal State, Fullerton, where I earned my B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. It was an exciting time, being around amazing faculty and students in a very strong ceramics program. During that time, I started working in a production pottery shop. Working in the pottery industry was another great education in how to get things done quickly and efficiently. It also honed my brush decorating skills. As a grad student, I was more focused on what to do with my art and actively show and sell my work. This opened up other doors, including producing corporate and public commissions for a number of years. At this time, I also started to teach as an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges. An opportunity came to teach ceramics at Alta Loma High School, where I taught for 14 years, while continuing to work on ceramic projects and artwork. In the fall of 2007, I became a full time faculty member at Fullerton College.
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