Artist, fabricator, tinkerer, wife, & proud Mama. Val earned a BFA with a concentration in sculpture at the University of Houston. Raised with parents who used all kinds of tools and constructed a wide variety of projects, creativity became a major part of everyday life. Val's love of tools, creating, and crafting made Third Coast Clay a natural fit. Ever wonder who installed the wall shelves for the commercial glazes and underglazes? It was Val!
Making things by hand and completing projects fills Val with a sense of accomplishment and desire to add value to the world. The act of teaching is in a way its own creative endeavor. Teaching builds community and generates inspiration from students' new ideas. Val enjoys the buzz of energy in the studio from students, the flow of throwing on the wheel, and the meditative process of the daily studio organization.