I grew up in a home where natural
materials were revered, handcrafts were ubiquitous, and creativity was
constantly encouraged and celebrated. My Mom, a sculptor and proprietor of a local craft gallery, and my Dad, a potter (when he wasn’t a dentist) filled their home with art, Nakashima furniture, and bountiful examples from the contemporary crafts movement of the 1970s and 80s. With little formal arts training, however, my early attempts at any sort of handcrafts were clunky, at best. Instead, I gravitated to the sciences; following college I enjoyed a 43+ year career as a geologist.