I have always thrived in a creative environment, and it all started with making mud pies in the back yard as a child and having a blast getting messy. I spent my time playing, collecting eggs and helping around our little farm in Vassalboro, Maine. My mother was always incredibly supportive and encouraged me to work on craft projects, painting and coloring at the kitchen table. That love of creativity turned into a serious music passion at age 10 when I started to play clarinet. I was an extremely talented solo clarinetist all through middle and high school, and always taking art classes at the same time. When the time for choosing a college major came, I chose art over music.
In college, I took ceramics and felt like I was coming back to myself after many years away. Moving clay around with my hands felt familiar and brought a tremendous feeling of happiness and calm. After getting an Art degree, I made my living teaching elementary art in Maine for 19 years and making and selling pottery on the side.
Now a full time potter, I spend my work days in my home studio. Living in South Portland, I am surrounded by all the things I love: the ocean, trees, rivers and horizons all inspire my work. And the community gives me a strong sense of belonging. My family’s excitement for my work is seen everyday in my home. My husband has his favorite Becky mug for coffee. Having my studio in my home allows me the precious time needed for our three kids. One of our three cats is always my studio buddy, hardly ever knocking things over.