I’m a native of Brevard County, Florida, growing up in the 1960s and '70s during a seminal time in our region’s history: the early glory days of the space program and the construction of Disney World in nearby Orange County. Our family lived in a century-old house, one of the first on the Cocoa stretch of the Indian River and initially accessible only by water. It was said to have been built by an English woman to house a library on what could only be considered one of the outposts of civilization – antebellum Florida. Our family spent nearly as much time in Cocoa Beach as at the Cocoa riverbank, and the forms, colors and textures found on shores influence me to this day. I moved to New York in the 1970s and then on to Tennessee to attend college. I’m a writer specializing in the arts and local history and began showing my work as a potter in the early 2000s.