Like most potters, I was beguiled by clay right from the start. I had enjoyed drawing, watercolor, printmaking and various textile processes in the past, but clay was my material!06_piazza1A

I loved that clay could be many things-its qualities are very subtle, unlike some other materials.

I have experimented over the years-working in different ways including tile, figure sculpture and vessels, and functional ware, and have tried out many different firing techniques.

For the past 20 years my work has centered on functional ware, mostly porcelain, in a limited glaze palette. I have mostly focused on simple surfaces, using one or two harmonizing glazes. (Recently I have returned to embellishing some of my wares with wax-resist designs, sgraffito, and inlay.)

What remains constant is my hope that the work will continue to speak to the user and to find a special place in everyday life.

I have worked from a studio in my home in Beacon, NY since 2001. Prior to that, I lived in Brooklyn, and maintained studios in communal workshops in the Gowanus and Williamsburg areas.

I have taught ceramics at various places in Manhattan, including the Crafts’ Students League (YWCA), the 92nd Y, Chambers Pottery, the Clay Art Center, Port Chester, and the Garrison Art Center.

I sell my work locally at shows, through shops and galleries and online through ETSY @

My work was included in BEST OF POTTERY, Quarry Books and 500 TEAPOTS, Lark Books.

I earned a BFA degree in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990.