I was born in Hamburg, Germany. My family included several artists, including my great-grandfather and a distant cousin. Many of my aunts and my grandmother loved to stitch or paint.
I attended a small gymnasium (high school) where I received an IB in arts. I worked in tiny classes (about 10 people) with 2 instructors, both of whom were artists as well as teachers. We focused on art history (with emphasis on late 19th Century, early 20th Century, and modern styles) and multi-media art expression - oils, water colors, textiles, sculpture, and pottery.
After I moved to the United States in 1980 I took a course at the Corcoran School of Art and studied at the University of Maryland, majoring in Fine Arts and Art History. In 2000 I volunteered at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, Maryland. The Greenbridge artist, Becky Moy-Behre, provided the opportunity for hand sculpture, leaf/plant impressions, simple hand vases, and practice on the pottery wheel.
I subsequently took (and continue to take) pottery classes at the Columbia Art Association (under the direction of Susan Wertheimer Davis) and also took one class at Baltimore Clayworks (under the direction of Matt Hyleck).
My training is not yet complete - and never will be. I will continue to pursue new skills (preparing, throwing, and glazing) so long as I continue my craft.