Many years ago, I chose pottery as a vehicle for self-expression. I found joy and meaning in the making of objects that weave into our daily lives through use. The idea that the complexities of art and food can exist in the same plane fueled an understanding that this interaction is capable of providing joy and value in our daily lives.
Nature and the natural are inspirations for my surface treatments. I often find inspiration while hiking or walking my dogs. In my youth, family members blessed me with a love of nature in the gardens and the woods on the family farm.
My first introduction to clay was in high school where I found a place of confidence and familiarity. I went on to teach ceramics at summer camps in Maine while working on my BFA from the University of North Texas and MFA from East Carolina University.
In addition to keeping a home studio, I teach full-time at Walters State Community College in Morristown,Tennessee where I am a professor of art and department chair.