Heidi fell in love with clay at 19 years old. She took a class in raku, learned how to hand build, throw, and glaze… and never looked back. It’s been an all-consuming passion which has brought a lifetime of challenges, and learning. She loves all aspects of working with clay, drawing on clay, forming clay, and embellishing it with three-dimensional forms.
Heidi earned her M.F.A. from the University of Idaho. She studied the old masters of Japanese and Chinese cultures, learning their methods of throwing, firing, and decorating pieces. That was the beginning of the Samurai series consisting of thrown plates, and vases.
Idaho was an inspiring time. Memories of Lake Pend d’Orielle fill her with peace. She cherishes the scent of snow and blue of the day shifting towards a chocolate colored midnight in Moscow, Idaho. After graduation, she taught at the university then moved to the Seattle area and has been here for 35 years.
Landscape design gives her deep appreciation for the color, form, and textures in botany. She enjoys each season for its offerings. Fall, with the transition to winter’s rest brings a special comfort.
Intertwined in the life of the Clay Lady is her 8 year old dog, Precious. Precious is precious. She is a rescue dog (not sure who rescued who). Her life is filled with adventures. She attends daycare with Gordon, of Animal Magnetism, where her days are filled with the ideal home away from home while “mom” is taking care of business. She adores “papa” Gordon and all his canine companions, including: Baggins, Petunia, and Toast (a Jack Russell Terrier).