My pieces are wheel thrown and hand-built stoneware with an emphasis on bright colors, subtle details, textures and patterns. The majority of my work is functional, but I enjoy sketching, making figurative sculpture, and would like to start teaching workshops. My functional work, such as dishware, wine chillers and serving platters, are designed to be as useful as it is beautiful. They are all food safe and lead free, can be used in the microwave and dishwasher and are intended for daily use.
My biggest joy as an artist is to see my work being used and loved. I believe art should be enjoyed everyday; that it exists to brighten our lives. Therefore, I make my pieces to be delicate and aesthetic, but durable enough to withstand daily use. With proper care, my pieces will easily last a lifetime.
My fascination with clay began as a young child, at the age of nine, my mother bought me a bag of clay and a book on basic ceramic techniques. I was instantly hooked.
I took classes in various art mediums throughout my childhood and during high school, and when I entered college I knew that I wanted to take that passion for art and make a life out of it. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and an emphasis in ceramics. In college, I was able to explore all of the roles that go into creating pottery. I worked as a teaching assistant for the ceramics department, and learned to make clay and glazes, fire kilns, run the studio, and teach demonstrations.
After graduation, I worked for two years as a potter's apprentice, learning the ins and outs of a working studio. In 2006, I petitioned and was accepted as a resident juried artist of the Foundry Art Centre. Currently, I am a full-time studio potter, award winning artist and travel throughout the Midwest selling my work at art fairs. I have received Honorable Mention at The Queeny Park Art Fair and an Award of Excellence at Midwest Salute to the Arts. I was also recently selected as a Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, and the Best Emerging Artist by the St. Louis Art Fair.