My fascination with clay began as a young child. My grandmother was a painter and exposed me to art very early in life. Then 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. Also in 2006, I petitioned and was accepted as a resident juried artist of the Foundry Art Centre.
I currently work out of Studio 21 at the FAC. I travel through out the Midwest to sell at art fairs and craft shows. My work is available for purchase through galleries, wholesale or contacting me directly.
My pieces are wheel thrown stoneware with an emphasis on bright colors, subtle details and textures. The majority of my work is functional, but I enjoy making figurative sculpture and teaching classes. My functional work, such as dishware, wine chillers and serving platters, is designed to be as useful as it is beautiful. They are all food safe and lead free, and can be used in the microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
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.