I have spent fifty years of my life as a professional jazz singer, recording artist and jazz educator. I feel so lucky to have had creativity at the center of my life. When I started taking lessons in
clay, I knew that I had found a new artistic outlet. Where music is ephemeral and fleeting, pottery is tangible and lasting. It is artistic and functional at the same time. There’s nothing like pouring morning coffee into your favorite mug and feeling the perfect curve in your hands. What a journey it has been, melding jazz and pottery—symmetry and proportion, mixed with elements of wonkiness and improvisation, which speak equally well in pottery and jazz. Most importantly, it is a joy to be a part of the welcoming and supportive clay community at the Guild. I am grateful to have found this medium that is open for endless growth and learning.