With two degrees in biology from the University of Toronto in hand, I left for Alaska in 1959 to begin a love affair with that robust and inspiring land that has lasted all my life. For the first 13 years I was a research biologist and teacher at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. But then my road took a sharp turn in the direction of pottery while I was on a sabbatical at University of California Santa Cruz. There I came under the tutelage of Al Johnsen, a protégé of Marguerite Wildenhain who taught her exacting Bauhaus style of making and designing pots. Other gurus have found their place in my life, including Wildenhain herself and Dean Schwarz another Wildenhain student.
At first, like everyone else at the time, I made functional pottery while honing my skills and adding to my repertoire. In 1990 I moved to Saltspring Island (retiring?) where I have been working passionately ever since in my dream studio. I have participated in numerous shows, both group and solo, and my work has won its fair share of prizes both nationally and internationally.