She was born in Detroit, Michigan, but moved with her husband to the west coast and became part of the movement called California Modernism. She had the ability not only to work across different materials but also to work in vastly different scales, from enameled miniatures to large architectural mosaics.
In recent years, she became an expert on antique dolls and dollhouses and wrote five books on the subject, even making patterns for doll clothing.
In addition to her innate sense of color and line, she brought whimsy and playfulness to her work, making her pieces beloved by many. The world of mid-century design has truly lost another icon.