I work out of my studio just northeast of Bloomington Indiana. I use locally dug clay from Clay City Indiana and fire my work to cone 6 in an electric kiln. I use the wheel to throw basic functional shapes, then cut, alter and reassemble the pieces into more complex, original forms which put their functionality into question . I use a variety of surface decoration techniques such as water abrasion (removing masked patterns with a wet sponge) and kinsugi (gold joinery). I often layer underglazes one on top of the other, and then sand the surface to reveal strata of color. This creates a compelling bright matte surface which is often contrasted with a glossy interior or section. My forms often reflect geometric patterns found in nature, and my surfaces are inspired by the patterning found in textiles. My work reflects the influence Japanese ceramics and aesthetics has had on my work, especially the concept of Wabi-sabi, which is the acceptance of imperfection as an aesthetic value. In my work is the serendipitous discovery through unintended consequences which then can become part of my personal artistic vocabulary.
Education I completed my BFA in Ceramics from Northern Arizona University then continued on to a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona. After a hiatus I continued my ceramic studies at Indiana university.