The graceful texture and fluency of porcelain provides the basis of my studio work. My forms are inspired by natural objects and traditional architecture. Damask textiles and floral designs of the 18th and 19th century strongly influence my imagery. When producing a vessel, I consider its characteristics and try to harmonize the form with my surface decorations. I create designs that are made into templates and cut on a die cutter. The embellished surfaces I create by incising, carving, sgraffito, pressing and clay slip application, allow glazes to pool in the textures--which accentuate the depth of my forms. These designs draw attention to the surface of my vessels flowing movement.
My glaze palette is influenced by my floral garden and the vast colors of the sky. This interrelationship enhances the applied decoration.
I intend to give the holder a sense of comfort and bring everyday elegance to their home.
I am a full time ceramic artist working out of my studio warehouse in Hugo, MN. Pottery was a big part of my life in high school and after graduation. A few years after high school, I stepped away from ceramics and pursued my education in the legal field and started a family. I returned to clay, as my second career, in 2000 and began an independent study with porcelain ceramic artist Ernest Miller working on form, surface decoration and glazing. Taking the Dr. William Carty, Alfred University Glaze Chemistry Calculation workshop at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN was critical to educate me on how to formulate food safe glaze recipes.
My education in ceramics continues by attending NCECA, Ceramic Arts Network and Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA) workshops. From 2009-2014, I held the Board Secretary position of MNWCA and currently hold the board position of Public Relations.
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Pursuing unique clay forms and formulating original glaze recipes is my constant goal.
Rev. July 2018