I was born in San Jose, CA about five miles as the crow flies from the San Andreas Fault. I grew up with earthquakes. Some people thought I was rather strange when I would talk of either enjoying the ride in the last one, or be disappointed because I didn’t feel it. This is what started my lifelong fascination with geology. In the fall of 2005, I moved from San Jose with my mother to Salem, Oregon when she retired. I didn’t know at the time that this move would change my life.

I enrolled at Chemeketa Community College to get trained for a different career. There, I signed up for a ceramics class for the fun of it and after I made my first piece, I was hooked. I had to have more clay. I took every class that involved clay. A few pieces have been based on geology. They turned out okay, but I knew that I would perfect the look in the future.

After Chemeketa, I applied to Western Oregon University specifically because of their ceramics program. I have since discovered that they offer an Earth Science minor. I plan to mix my passion for art and geology together.


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