I began working with clay in 1975 as a sculpture major, studying with Leonard Oesterle, at the Ontario College of Art. I switched to the study of ceramics before leaving the college in 1978. An additional year focused on clay at George Brown College rounded out my formal training in ceramics.
In 1980, I began my career as a professional potter concentrating on functional ware. From 1985 through 1991, I ran Hirsh Porcelain, where I designed and manufactured porcelain jewellery.
Married to artist and management consultant (NextGenLeaders) Allen Hirsh, we have three adult children and a growing family.