Born in Brooklyn, New York, she is noted for her exuberantly modelled reliefs and brightly coloured slipware. She trained at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University gaining a BFA (1974-1978). Subsequently she studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan for an MFA.
She does not consider that the work she makes fits into either the category of pottery or sculpture but likes to classify it as three-dimensional clay objects. She works quickly cutting, shaping and layering, often reincorporating the remnants and firing her work up to six or seven times. She has taught since 1987 and since 1997 has held the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at California College of Arts and Crafts, Davis. She has shown her work extensively in America. In 1993 Aberystwyth Arts Centre showed her work in the exhibition The American Way.
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