Merla is a former landscape designer, and contractor. About 18 years ago she fell in love with working in clay.
Since then she has created her own glazes and created ways of firing high fire stoneware. Her latest projects have been sculpting horses. She believes them to be spiritual creatures with lots of expressions she finds intriguing.
Her biggest accomplishment’s in art was winning the Sonora Fair best in show award 3 years in a row. She went on to get a first and 3rd place award at the state fair.
Merla has been involved with World Vision for 16 years. At present she is sponsoring 20 children in Ethiopia. The girl in the picture is Meseret who she has been sponsoring for 16 years. She will graduate from college in May. She is so proud of her for accomplishing something that almost seemed impossible. The money she receives from her artwork goes to send money to her sponsored children for things like animals, clothes, and necessary things to help change their lives.
Merla's greatest joy in life is being able to help children and their families.