Born in 1985, I spent my childhood in the stunningly beauitiful and rural mountains of Washington State. I studied Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Art History receiving my BA from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2009. For the past decade + I've been a practicing ceramics artist while working in the museum and education field in Austin, TX. Recently re-located Portland, OR in early 2017. I was heavily influenced by the contemporary wave of functional potters who use their forms as a canvas for painting and drawing. I think of myself as both a painter and potter and once I realized I could combine the two mediums I found my calling.
In my one-woman studio I create hand-thrown functional ware and sculpture using porcelain clay and variety experimental finishing techniques. I'm always tweaking my methods and exploring new technology. I particularly enjoy screen-printing my own ceramic decals to transfer my drawings to my wares. My work is fired in an oxidation atmosphere in the mid-high fire range. I frequently use monochrome colors, graphic patterns and clear iconography to create a body of work that reflects my playful childhood fantasies, love of nature and animals.
Every piece I make is unique as I pursue and refine those nuances of the functional object. I love the blurred line handmade ceramics walks between function and art. The human connection between maker and user also gives me great joy. I often think about my work in homes all over the country and hope those use my ceramics at in their daily lives get a little joy out of the handmade as well.