BJ  DUKE

B.J.(BETTY JO) DUKE HAS BEEN MAKING POTTERY SINCE SHE WAS FIVE . HER MOM (GRACE FOSTER - FOUNDER OF APPALACHIAN CRAFT CENTER, NORRIS TN.) WAS THE FIRST TO  HOLD HER HANDS ON THE POTTERS WHEEL.


SHE  COMPLETED A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AT THE UNIV. OF TENN. KNOXVILLE AND A B.A. IN ART AT  U.C. SANTA BARBARA.  SHE WORKED AS A PRODUCT DEVELOPER AND ART DIRECTOR FOR A CERAMIC GIFT WARE COMPANY  20 YEARS WHILE RAISING TWO WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS IN SANTA BARBARA. 


BJ MOVED TO THE MOJAVE FOR THE LOVE OF SMALL TOWN EASE, OPEN SKIES, DESERT PLANTS, ANIMALS, ROCKS AND LIGHT.