Happy 2021!

2020 was supposed to be a lot of different things for me. I had very ambitious plans to travel a lot and meet new people, make a lot of work and teach workshops around the country - much of what I had worked toward for the past years… Needless to say, all of that was put on hold due to Covid-19. March 13th, 2020 was the last day of our “old normal”; I went to the Rock and Mineral Show with a friend, and my husband and I ate at our favorite restaurant “one last time” (as they have now permanently closed).

Instead my bubble has become more intimate, just like yours, I imagine! If you know me, I don’t mind being isolated too much, but I find myself falling down the rabbit’s hole, every now and then, and am trying to follow some kind of routine. I am baking A LOT of Sourdough Bread, our wild and carefree Puli puppy Liesl is keeping us on our toes, we had “cozy” dinner parties on our porch - 6 feet apart, no more than 2 households - while it was warm outside, and we now have enough toilet paper and food in our freezers to last another year. I am taking a lot of walks around the neighborhood and am now maneuvering around oncoming walkers, kids on bicycles and street traffic just fine - joggers remain a challenge (please stop sneaking up on me and wear a mask!).

2021 Workshops

As I am restarting the workshop schedule for 2021 I am focusing on virtual meetings, as well as safe in-person workshops (masks and gloves are essential for china painting!):




Saturday, February 6, 2021
1pm – 3pm Eastern Time
10am – 12noon Pacific Time


IN-PERSON WORKSHOP at Anderson Ranch Arts Center: July 5-9, 2021

MORE IS MORE: China paint techniques – C0204-20

Concept: China paint, luster, and cold-finishing techniques are used all over the world to finesse and highlight many qualities of the ceramic form. These surface decorations are used for expressing cultural heritage, storytelling, color theory and more. This workshop is designed to marry the ceramic form and imagery, personalize the students’ own ceramics work, while exploring new surface decoration techniques. Students indulge in layer after layer of lavish ornamentation and embellishments. Participants may bring up to four of their own glazed functional and/or sculptural ceramic pieces to work on. Commercial glazed ceramic tiles are provided to practice on and decorate.


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Puli Puppy Liesl - First Snow!

For 2021, my resolution is to watch less TV and spend more time in my studio working. Fortunately I have some shows lined up and deadlines are always a good way for me to stay focused. I am also working on my Patreon account, so stay tuned for that (hopefully I will have some more news in February. If you have some pointers, I appreciate all the help I can get!)

I hope you make the best of your “new normal”, 2021 HERE WE COME!!

What I’m reading:

  • Creative Pottery: Innovative Techniques & Experimental Designs in Thrown and Handbuilt Ceramics by Deb Schwartzkopf - A great way to re-start or re-set your studio practice! I plan on working through the whole book - fingers crossed!

  • UnOrthodox by Deborah Feldman - “Unorthodox” provides a rare glimpse inside the Hasidic world, with an eye for evocative details, from the styrofoam wig stand on Esty’s dresser to the aluminum foil covering her family’s kitchen on Passover." LA Times

  • Tartine by Chad Robertson & Elisabeth Prueitt - What can I say, sourdough is my new old love. Bread reminds me of my home: Germany and being finally able to bake a good tasting loaf of “German” bread fills my heart.

  • Der Spiegel - German International News in English - DER SPIEGEL is Germany's leading news magazine and most up-to-date news website. Its journalism is characterized by in-depth investigations, reliable quality and its commitment to investigative journalism.

What I’m watching:

  • The Great British Baking Show on PBS - We watched all seasons in record time, dreaming of baking and getting a “Paul-Hollywood-Handshake” for our flavorful, non-stodgy bakes - no soggy bottoms here!

  • Schitt’s Creek on POP - “The Roses, the formerly wealthy, fish-out-of-water family at the heart of “Schitt’s Creek,” are notoriously allergic to sentiment. […] Sweet but never saccharine, the show has tracked the evolution of the Roses — who arrived in Schitt’s Creek full of disdain, with nothing but the couture on their backs — as they’ve been absorbed into the tiny town in the boonies.” NY Times

  • “Treat People with Kindness - Harry Styles - Beauty, just watch :)

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