I first delved into the world of clay at UT Austin. After a short residency in Mexico, D.F., I moved to Berkeley, California where I studied in the tradition of Marguerite Wildenheim. Later, I moved back to Texas to the Peaceable Kingdom School near Navasota and helped to build a pottery studio and kilns. I developed a series of weekend, pottery workshops with Richard Cabral of the University of St. Thomas. I continued to study in Houston with Gary Huntoon at the MFA School.
I left the PK School to apprentice to Ismael Soto in Blue, Texas where I greatly polished my throwing skills and others. Leaving Blue after a year, I worked in Austin sharing Steve Sprinkle’s studio. I began the business end of marketing and surviving. (I rode my bike 4 miles a day to the studio whenever my ’51 Chevy pickup wouldn’t start.)
Upon marrying, I worked as a teacher’s aide at the Ceramic Department at Lamar University. I then accepted an NEA Potter-in-Residence position at the Star of the Republic Museum in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas. There I built my first salt kiln and bore my first child, John Brazos. Completing the residency, I moved back to Austin to another studio and another child,
Jacob. Finally, we moved to Bastrop, Texas where Jordan was born. Soon thereafter I opened Blazek Studio on Main Street which I operated for nineteen years: 1980 to 1999.
Upon the graduation of my youngest, I moved out to the Big Bend region where I helped organize the Marfa Studio of Art. I am currnetly expaning my studio space here in Marfa at 106 W. Washington and constructing a pour room and new kiln area. My professional goals are to refine my sculpting and mold-making skills and continue to produce utilitarian work as time permits.