For more than 20 years I've been designing and building unique wood furniture. My interest in furniture began when "shop for girls" was offered for the first time at my high school when I was a junior. I loved learning woodworking and soon after discovered contemporary furniture when I saw a show at the Renwick Gallery with work by Sam Maloof, Wendel Castle, Wharton Esheric and others. Their work was sculptural but was made approachable by its tactile quality and usefulness.

After studying with Alphonse Mattia at Virginia Commonwealth University and graduating in 1975, I did renovation work on buildings and worked at a cabinet shop. I completed graduate work in 1981 at Rhode Island School of Design where I studied under Tage Frid. I feel very lucky to have been exposed to the enthusiasm for design and history and the technical skill of these two teachers.

Next I designed interiors and designed and built furnishings for Wade Associates, eventually marrying Reuben Wade. Wade Associates did design and contracting for residential and commercial remodeling. I was also able to build furniture of my own design and exhibit it in galleries. We closed Wade Associates in 1989 and moved to Bedford, VA where we designed and built a low maintenance, energy efficient house for Reuben's mother.

From 1992 to 1998 I taught in the industrial and interior design areas full time at the University of Kansas. I took this opportunity to pursue a more individual style with my work. Now I share a studio with two other woodworkers in Philadelphia and teach part time at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and Bucks County Community College.