Sande learned to love the earth from her parents who, as farmers, had a deep respect for all life that flowed from the land. It was only natural that her love for making mud pies as a child, turned into creating clay pots as an adult. She dug her own clay from her family’s farm creek, shaped it into pots and fired them in an open pit.
While living in Boulder Colorado, she became acquainted with potters in the MFA program at the University, who taught her to experiment and expand her artistic expression in clay.
Combining her degree in Social Work/Education and her art, Sande spent the last ten years teaching high school students to connect with the world around them by creating with clay and other art forms. In the summer, when school was out, she ran her own pottery studio in Minnesota amid lakes, forests and vast prairies.
While Sande no longer digs her own clays, she continues to create her own glazes. Each color is unique and made precisely for her pottery. Drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and her artistic eye, she performs the alchemy of the artist to create the high gloss and brilliant colors that bring her pottery to life.
Some of her most recent works include wheel thrown pots that are altered, coil built pots, slab sculptures and sprayed glazes. Pictures of her
work can be found on her web site. Sande
continues to enjoy teaching, and offers classes