Jean's paper clay sculptures are inspired by her love and passion for animals, flowers, fashion and color. For years she has been involved with animal rescue, especially greyhounds and feral cats.
Her mom was a gardener, and introduced her to the beauty of fresh and colorful flowers. Her dad worked for Hallmark Cards, and brought her wonderful ribbons, papers and cards to play and create with. She crafted entire bouquets of ribbon flowers, which led to fabric flowers, which finally led to clay flowers. As a child, She would sit for hours shaping clay bakery goods, patiently and individually rolling each cherry in the make-believe pies before covering them with simulated lattice crusts. Thus, passion for fine detail was born at an early age.
Her love of beauty, color and lighting served her well in completing interior design assignments over the last 35 years in Kansas City then Asheville.
Jean now lives in the mountains of North Carolina, still doing animal rescue work, fostering kittens and working with the Blue Ridge Humane Society. She loves working in her own ceramics studio at her home in Hendersonville.