If you ask my mother, my first experience with clay was in preschool when I rolled out coils to spell my name. But my first memory using clay was when I was about 8 years old and made a hot plate at the local museum. My parents still have it hanging in their kitchen.
I graduated college with a degree in Fine Art and Art History. While in college, I fell in love with a photographer (we met while I was interning at the same local museum). After that, I became the mother of two wild boys, taught art in public schools for seven years, owned a small gallery, and worked with several local art organizations. I have received multiple grants for teaching and was awarded two for my personal artwork, funding a trip to study bone china in England.
When my husband began working at the same local museum (I'm beginning to realize this place has formed my life), I left full time teaching to focus on my studio practice. In 2020, we moved to the historic downtown area of our hometown and in 2022 we completed building our studios. My work is the result of deliberate choices we have made to forego the traditional and to create a life by design.
When I'm not in my studio, I can be found hanging out with my family, gardening, crocheting, or sitting on the porch watching birds.
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