You could say that my love of pottery goes back to my childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, when I used to spend time outside creating masterpieces out of wet dirt... in other words, mudpies!
Years later, I took a pottery class in high school and I was hooked! At 15 years old, Dad helped me dig clay from the backyard, build my first potter's wheel and even a kiln! Not every artist gets the parental nod to follow their passions, so I've been very lucky. I followed my artistic inclinations to college and majored in art at Washington University in St. Louis. Over the years, I've operate my own home studio and had the wonderful opportunity to teach the art of clay.
I've called Raleigh, North Carolina home since 1995 and love the nice and mild weather. I work with raku clay, porcelain, and stoneware to create a little bit of everything; from small budget-friendly functional pieces, to higher-end conceptual pieces of art. Some of my pieces are created on the potter's wheel, some are hand-built with clay slabs, and some are a combination of both techniques. I lean towards using coastal colors and love high fire glazes in shades of teal, sand beige, indigo blue, driftwood gray, cobalt blue, coral red, and even copper shades.
I love the feel of clay, and how it allows me to translate the beauty I see in the natural world into decorative or functional objects that people can use and enjoy.
Please see below for my portfolio of past and current works. If you see a piece that you would like to inquire about, feel free to send me a message or give me a call. I would love to hear from you!