Currently employed as an Art Teacher for Elk RIver Area Schools teaching at VandenBerge Middle School, working with grades 6-8. I am in my Nineteenth (19) year as an art teacher at VandenBerge this fall (2014). I attended St. John's University (1990-1994) and studied with Sr. Dennis Frandrup while obtaining a degree in Studio Art as well as a minor in K-12 Art Education. During my teenage years I worked with and taught with Ceramic Artist James Loso throughout High School and College (1987-1994). I also conducted Raku workshops with Loso during this time. James Loso has been a primary influence in my working with clay. I have been strongly inspired by alternative firing techniques. I find that the unpredictability of these firing processes keeps me interested in seeing how I can push the limits of the clay.