I am a ceramic artist working in Minneapolis, MN. I can be found at local art centers sharing ceramic techniques and experience through teaching classes at Fired Up Studios in Golden Valley, MN and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, MN. My ceramics career has been mostly built through showing work in various regional and national art fairs including the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. You can find a selection of my work at The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN and Schaller Gallery in Saint Joseph, MI. I credit a formal education as foundation for a successful outlook on ceramics and the arts. I received an associates degree from Olney Central College in Olney, IL and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.
As a maker inspiration comes from field landscape, farm implements, and architectural features such as barns found in the Midwest as starting points for ceramic vessels and glaze surfaces. Observations of source material may be interpreted literally or sometimes abstracted using elements to complement functional or sculptural forms. Growing up on a farm in Southern Illinois instilled the virtues of utility, where the everyday use of a tool or piece of equipment was relied upon. I often think of the role they fulfill with humanity. They are tools for storing or turning soil as pottery is for eating and drinking. I feel a kinship with these rural icons. This has brought me to appropriate line and surface of these influences into sculpture and pottery.