I was merrily pursuing a career in research when I took a casual course in pottery (1979). I immediately fell in love with clay and the transformation of amorphous blobs of mud into beautiful forms. I felt as though a hidden part of me had been revealed and it demanded expression. Soon I found that I wanted to devote all of my energy to making pots. I gave up my life in science for that of a studio potter (1982). I am basically self-taught in the craft.