Debra Steidel grew up in Virginia, just on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Back in the 1960’s, it was a quiet and wonderful place to be, a woodland just outside her door. Nature, in all its wonder and beauty, has been and still remains a large influence in her work. At the age of 11, her mother gave Debra her first set of oil paints. Creating art has been her focus ever since. Her fascination with ceramics began in 1974, at the young age of 18, when she purchased a potter’s wheel. The plasticity of this medium with its endless possibilities has remained a constant inspiration for over 4 decades. She is self-taught. In 2004, she began to experiment with “crystalline” glazes. This type of firing is very captivating and the search for the “BIG” crystal can be seductive. For some, the glaze becomes the only important aspect of the piece. Her goal has always been to find balance and harmony with shape, lid and glaze; not letting each aspect take over the piece. She doesn’t consider herself a crystalline potter, but a ceramic artist that will constantly change, evolve and grow.