I was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana for the first 19 years of my life. The next 4 years I lived in Muncie, Indiana to receive my BFA in Sculpture from Ball State University. Currently, I live in Indianapolis, Indiana where I have been an instructor, ceramic studio manager, and working artist for 3 years.
I create narratives in the surface of my pottery through the technique called sgraffito, the Italian word for scratching. My work reflects reliefs and physical prints because of the carving aspect. My functional pottery is inspired by patterns, tattoos, botanical illustrations, narratives, and characters that bring the pieces to life. I believe each pot I make has it’s own personality, and it’s my job to find it. The gestures are so important, just the simple twist of a stem or flick of a wrist can make it work for me. I play with perspective, and the complexity in the foreground and background of a 2D surface.
When I create a conversation, no matter what that conversation holds, I feel I have created a successful piece of art. When you drink your cup of coffee in the morning and see a tangle of orchids or a frog fishing for a pumpkin, I hope it brings you joy and conversation with those around you.