I grew up spending a lot of time in the woods and on the water. So, when it was time for higher education, I naturally pursued my degree in Biology with focus in botany, horticulture, and ornithology. That degree led me to my job with the NC Aquarium system until I left to raise our children. It was then that I became interested in working in clay. I’ve studied at Pocosin Arts, College of the Albemarle, and Penland School of Crafts, and I love the fact that one can always learn, experiment and grow in this medium. It’s a process that takes a lot of time and persistence, but it’s one that is extremely rewarding. Every firing, whether its electric kiln, wood, gas, or Raku yields new and interesting results; the fire and ash, the clay, the glazes, and even the atmospheric conditions all play a part in each individual piece. For me, crafting handmade pottery is a learning experience for life.
I think working in clay and flowers go hand in hand. My grandmother and mother both grew and exhibited chrysanthemums. They grew other flowers as well and while growing up I helped in the garden. I’m the third Hilda so it was a natural step for me to give it a try. I do sell my flowers to a small group of clients.