I grew up in Studio City, CA, the youngest of three in a family of doers. The 50s for us was not a time of watching TV, but of playing games and inventing ways to entertain ourselves. Days were filled with problem solving as we built villages on the hillside, or dug holes for forts, or played "hide the toothpick" in the pool.
My father loved to teach himself new disciplines like drawing, painting, woodworking, leather tooling, playing instruments ( guitar and sax), magic, and cooking. He owned his own printing business. Despite his early death in 1956, my father had hooked me at my young age into the power of process and the joy of making.
My mother possessed an incredible aesthetic that was evident in the detailing of the family home, the music and art she brought to our attention, the literature she read to us on a regular basis, her quiet ability to find the gem in an antique store, and in the daily meals she prepared. Even with all this, she routinely denied her artistic side but, until her death, my mother nurtured and supported my creativity. To my good fortune, family, friends and students continue to stimulate my explorations.
I earned a BA in Art at Cal State Northridge (first two years at UC Davis) and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1976 I was hired at Cal Poly as an assistant professor in the Art and Design dept. After 31 years of teaching jewelry design, metalsmithing, sculpture, 3D design, and exhibit design, I retired. Since then, after expanding my home studio, I began private teaching.
My undergrad curriculum required a high degree of diversification. In addition to the core classes, I studied ceramics, jewelry design, silversmithing, and fiber arts. My graduate degree is in silversmithing. I continued my studies with smiths in Denmark and several workshops in the U.S. In 1987 I took the first of nine summer month-long workshops in Italy studying marble carving. In addition, in keeping with the diversity theme, I have enjoyed taking a variety of local workshops in disciplines that have been new to me.
Hosting Ears On Art all these years has been a remarkable education. It has been a graduate seminar on a huge scale providing insights about the creative process as well as new knowledge of disciplines and techniques. Of course meeting all the guests has been the biggest gift.