My life and work are centered around my love relationship with Jesus. In Him flows all life and because of Him my life sweetly flows here in North Alabama.
In 1975 I started college at The University of North Alabama. The real reason I started there was because I didn't know what else to do, and I sure didn't want to get a job. My mom wanted me to go to college, and so I went. I did think the young men were interesting and quite handsome so off I happily went.
My early college days are quite sad...I messed around and did as little as possible with no real direction. The only thing on my mind was playing. But my Father GOD had me and my need of salvation in mind even then.
I did decide (finally) on a major in education because of the months off during the summer, ha!...still no real direction, just living for the moment. I stumbled into a pottery class accidentally (I thought!) and just loved it! This was the first thing I had really ever thought I could do for the rest of my life and enjoy! I proceeded to get a degree in studio art. I really never was very good at it, but because I loved it I kept it up and finally finished.
It was 1981, and if you are old enough to remember there was a recession and there were no jobs available! Long story made short -- I ended up working as a cocktail waitress and wasting my time....but in those days "time was on my side." Another long story made short -- I woke up one day and thought, "What am I doing?!" I soon found a magazine advertising for a potter's apprentice!
Next thing you know, I am in Tennessee working for a Master Potter named Zeke Redick. It was like a dream come true! I loved the country life and this was it, miles from any big town with only the owls for company. I was learning so much more than I ever did in college: hands-on how to make a living making pottery all over the place. I don't think I have ever worked so hard and been so happy!
Zeke and his wife Jeanie were part of a group of hippies who had started an artist commune. At the time I arrived there most of them had moved on because the Holy Spirit had blown through their commune and they had all gotten saved. It was my time....
As I lived and worked with Zeke and his family I got hungrier and hungrier for the LORD! I didn't know what I had been missing, but because of the faithful prayers of my mom and others in my family, on November 16, 1985 I got saved!
Time ran out for us at the pottery and the LORD called Zeke and his family on. I had to find the will of GOD for my life. I remembered a little church in Florence, Alabama that I used to see hippies going into (hippies going to church? Ha!), which I had lived right next door to when I was working in the clubs! I visited there and knew I had come home! I had never been in a place where there was such love.
A dear girl named Emily Gaskins and her husband Steve let me use their out building for a studio...so in 1987 Worthy Vessels was born. Emily and I worked all kinds of odd hours making pottery and finding our way until her first child Rebecca was born on June 24, 1988....the day of my first craft show! If it wasn't for Steve and Em I don't know if I could have done it. How wonderful God is to put such caring people in our lives!
If it wasn't for Zeke and Jeanie taking the risk to hire me I might not not have gotten saved and now two more spirit filled, love filled people loving JESUS & me! Too cool!
Now 17 years later I am still loving JESUS and loving making pottery. I really love to put the WORD of GOD on my pottery and I am enjoying the country life again. God is good! I hope you know that truth!
I travel quite a bit doing craft shows and have a couple of home shows here each year. If you want to know where I am going next you can email me and I will let you know.