Elizabeth (Betsy) Krome has spent all but six years of her life in Virginia. After a childhood in Norfolk, she attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where her interest in journalism led her to major in urban studies.
After graduation in 1971 she lived for four years in Boston, where an ordinary Monday night pottery class led to a change of career. In 1975 she moved back to Virginia to share a Crozet pottery studio with Nan Rothwell. In 1977 her husband’s job took her to Gloucester Point, where she was a founding member of the pottery cooperative known first as Perrin Creek Potters and (after 1988) as Sarah Creek Potters. With the closing of the cooperative in 2003, Ms. Krome and her family moved to Toano, where she now has Quail Run Pottery.