Alaya has lived in the Northwest for much of her life. She began making pottery when she began a 5 year commitment with her Buddhist Teacher to make 100,000 buddhas or TsaTsa's. Traditionally made in clay, nowadays it is common to see them made from plaster. During this time she fell in love with the clay and branched out mainly teaching herself about ceramics and has made many beautiful largely functional pieces. She also loves to draw and paint with watercolors.
She is her husband's primary caregiver for many years now and art is her go to place of calm and peace. It is what nourishes her body, mind and spirit.