I am a professional potter living and working in the village of Trumansburg, NY. Originally from central New York, I began working in clay while attending SUNY Cortland and graduated in 1995 with a BA in Studio Art. I further pursued my interest in ceramics by attending the Kansas City Art Institute to concentrate in ceramics and earn a BFA. I also hold a MFA from Utah State University, where I also studied printmaking. In 2003, I returned to the Finger Lakes area, where I have continued to sell my work locally and nationally.
My ceramic work is driven by the search to find a balance between the decorated surface and the pot’s form. It is a puzzle, with an elusive solution, that sustains my interest. I’m compelled to design the porcelain surface spontaneously using brushwork, drawing and glaze to complement traditional pottery forms. An etched line, a calligraphic brushstroke and the layer of collage influence the surface. This merging of process has been the foundation of my artistic exploration. It is also an exercise in the balance of opposites: black and white, motion and stillness, chaos and order.
The idea that a unique intimacy can be intrinsically produced and remain in a potentially ordinary object appeals to me. Through creating pots, I’m able to be a part of this relationship by connecting with another’s experience and imagination.