was born and raised outside of Detroit into
the very large DeDecker family - an active and easily
distracted kid with a penchant for projects.
was always making things, interested
in trying any material I could get my hands on: cloth,
strings, clay, plastics, wood, metal, plaster. I entered
a casual relationship with clay after I received a BFA
in sculpture from Michigan State University and discovered
that it was easier to set up a kiln and a table for clay
than to invest in welding equipment and a foundery.
cavalier attitude led me to a lasting and meaningful connection
with ceramics, and when I moved form Colorado to New Mexico
I pursued an MFA at New Mexico State University. It was
in the 'Land of Enchantment' that I found a voice for
my self-expression, and for the last ten years I've been
working as a studio artist with clay and metal, as well
as working part time as an instructor of ceramics at NMSU
in Las Cruces.