I have always strived to bring art into every part of my life. Born into a family of artists, my mother a painter, and my grandparents have worked in ceramics for over 50 years. I place great importance on having art objects in one's life, and have always known I would find a career in the art field. Beginning with small projects in my grandparent's studio I have always had an affinity for ceramics. The influence of the many instructors I have had over the years has given me a diverse ceramic education and helped me to develop a unique voice and style.
My formal pursuit of ceramics began at Southern Oregon University from 2003-2008. In the summer of 2006 I apprenticed under the French potter Jean Nicolas Gerard in Valensole, France. I studied as a Post-baccalaureate student at University of Florida from 2010-2011. In 2011 I enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts program in ceramics at Louisiana State University receiving my degree in 2014. After completing graduate school at LSU, I was awarded the year long Fogleberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center here in Minneapolis. I am now starting the next phase of my artistic career with my own home studio.
My ceramic work shows a portrait of the city in which I live. I make functional porcelain pieces illustrated with drawings and observations of the local environment. the illustrations bring attention to the beauty of the urban landscape, and show details of daily life that can often be overlooked.The elements depicted are representative and unique to the local urban landscape, a local can view the illustrations and recognize their city in the landmarks and buildings, yet the images are also vague enough that the non-local can also to relate to the imagery.
The muted color palate gives the work an unimposing quality, paired with clean lines and the contrast of glazed and unglazed surfaces the work has a sharp quality to hold the viewers attention. Function brings the viewer in contact with the illustrations giving them a chance to investigate the form, surface, and drawings. The viewer can identify with the scene and create their own narrative and relationship to the illustrations.