CNC started her pottery career in 1971 with full scale wares such as hanging planters, vases and pitchers. When her third son was a toddler in 1976, she was approached by a Saratoga Springs miniature shop and asked to do some work in 1" scale. This snowballed into a new specialty which fit her dual life as both mother and potter. With a background in art history, she enjoyed the research necessary for making authentic scale replicas and soon was creating scale minis of decorated stoneware and other traditional pottery for shops at Bennington Museum, The Smithsonian and Museum of American Folk Art. Her authentic replicas of actual 19th century decorated stoneware led to a close relationship with major stoneware collectors and commissions to replicate their collections in miniature. During this period CNC and her husband participated in many miniature shows across the country, and her tiny pots found their way into collections all over the world.
EXPERIMENTATION AND CHANGE BY 1990 CNC was focusing less on production and was playing more artistically with new ideas and creative play. She began taking pottery workshops and adult ed courses at nearby Skidmore College. This gave the self taught potter more contact with fellow potters and a chance to broaden her artistic horizons. In 2000 she received a New York State Decentralization Grant for a project involving glaze additives from natural materials found in Warren County. A major change took place in 2005 when CNC and her husband Tom moved to New Bern, NC. With her large studio in NY downsized to a portion of a garage, pottery took a back seat until contacts and friends were established in the local artistic community. Now the downtown New Bern studio at City Potters plus an improved home studio have given her even more options for working in clay. This year she is once again producing and marketing 1" scale miniatures. CNC will be a dealer at the IGMA show in Windsor, CT this fall but with a new focus: authentic minis of ancient pottery fired in the traditional way in mini kilns of her own design! Much of her original contemporary work will be fired in her own pit, saggar and raku kilns as well.