Originally I was a musician. Later in life, I discovered the magic of clay. I have found that the crossover from one art to another is not a stretch, rather simply a new means of exploring what all artists focus on: line and space, rhythm, color, texture. And, of course, it almost goes without saying that we are all continually impacted by our surroundings, by anything and everything that creeps into our awareness.
It does indeed seem magical and mysterious that a simple lump of earth can be transformed, through physics and artistry, chemistry and fire, into a beautiful object that might endure for thousands of years. All things considered, there is little in life more satisfying for me than sitting down and making a pot. On a good day, it might emerge into something alive and beautiful, something to be used and handled and even—with a little luck—cherished.
Gail has been working with clay since the 1970s. She is a member of the Potters’ Guild in Ann Arbor, and does her work and firing there. This is a cooperative studio in which the members work individually, but merge their skills in clay-making and firing the kilns. Gail’s ceramic education has come largely through art classes and numerous workshops through the years, including an extended workshop at La Meridiana in Italy.
Gail has also been a part of the Clay Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Ann Arbor since 1990. In 2008 she had a solo show in the gallery, entitled “The Captivating World of Surface”. She has also appeared in numerous other group shows, and, by invitation, in several galleries.
1962 Stetson University, Bachelor of Music, Music Theory and Composition
1965 University of Illinois, Master of Music, Music Theory and Composition
1963-1965 Teaching Fellow, Music Theory
1966 – 1979 Instructor of Music Theory and Literature at Eastern Michigan University
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