About

Artist Statement

The work I create is designed to suggest purpose and engage curiosity and interest through patterns and form.  I look at design elements in everyday life such as textile patterns or a beautifully decorated home.  I then contemplate over how I can incorporate visual beauty into my work through texture, colored slips, sgraffito and stenciling by adding those elements to graceful forms.  I look at the surface of my forms as a blank canvas.

Influences and inspiration came largely from nature and the repetitive geometric patterns that can occur in nature.  Having grown up on a farm in Wyoming, my childhood memories of vast fields of grain flowing in the wind and colorful flowers growing in my grandmother’s gardens define a large portion of my surface design and color pallet.    I am also drawn to the clean crisp lines and precision of digitally crated images and the endless possibilities technology continues to play in the world of ceramics.  Being able to explore the three-dimensional world of nature and  intertwining it with a two-dimensional geometric surface is crucial to my creativity.

Utility is important to me when creating new works.  We all have an inherent understanding of function which is why form cannot be dismissed:  perfecting the curve on a mug to nestle in your hand as you drink your morning coffee or the bowl that holds the perfect amount of bread dough proves the importance of utility.  I enjoy forms that fulfill specific purposes such as a salt cellar, nesting bowls, canister, platters and mugs.  With form, clay gives itself focus and the element of purpose.  I design pots that I would enjoy using in my own home.

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Biography

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I currently work as a full-time studio potter in Castle Rock, Colorado and teach classes at the Castle Rock Recreational Center.

2018: Shows and Exhibitions

-DelecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining

-Artist Spotlight- Foothills Art Center

-Summer Art Market

-Loveland Art Festival

-Keystone River Run Festival

-ACG Spring Sale

Gallery Representation

-Evergreen Art Gallery, Colorado

-Willow an Artisan’s Market, Colorado

-Art 321, Wyoming

2017: Shows and Art Festivals

-Castle Rock Art Festival

-Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver

-Holiday Art Market, Foothills Art Center

-ACG Spring Student Show

-ACG Holiday Sale

-Winter Art Market, Arvada Center

-Solo Show, Art 321- The Crafted Surface

2016: Shows and Festivals

-ACG Spring Sale

-ACG Holiday Sale

-Winter Art Market-Arvada Center

-NIC Fest

-Uncommon Clay, Longmont Artist Guild

-Pop-up Shop at West Elm Denver

Publications:

-Progenitor Magazine

2015: Shows and Festivals

-NIC Fest

-ACG Spring Sale

-ACG Holiday Sale

-Arapahoe Community College Student show-First place functional ceramics, second place functional ceramics. Second place Sculptural