I have always viewed myself as a creative person in one way or another. Perhaps that is why at the age of seventeen (when I first learned to throw on a kick wheel), I kept returning to the studio--taking every pottery class I could in college and spending most of my free time in the studio. Later in life I sought out community studios and art centers in the towns I lived in.
For the most part my ceramic education has been self-directed: taking classes, and workshops whenever I could. Mainly pottery was a hobby for me, a way to feed my soul while I was working and raising my three beautiful children in rural Vermont. The more I worked with clay, the more I realized I was happiest at the potter's wheel.
There are nothing like life-changing experiences to invite us to reevaluate the path we are on. After a divorce, the loss of both my parents and unhappy in my “real” job I decided I needed to dig deep and honor my creative self. A year later I declared myself a hopeless lover of clay and launched my business, Wellford Pottery, in the spring of 2010.
I am eternally grateful to my children, Renee, Emily and Harrison for supporting and cheering me on to do what I love. I plan to fill their kitchen cupboards with Wellford pottery someday! I would also like to express my gratitude to my friends and family who shared their belief in me and offered encouraging words along the way. Change is a process, a time of success and failure and I am grateful for both, as I have learned so much about myself.