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. 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 located in Hugo, Minnesota. Ceramics is my second career choice. The demanding schedule of a young family narrowed my options for a ceramic education. Because of this, I sought out short-term ceramic workshops and courses. From 2001-2004 I participated in an independent study with porcelain ceramic artist and teacher Ernest Miller working on form, surface decoration and glazing. Pursuing unique clay forms and formulating original glaze recipes is my constant goal.
My education in ceramics continues by attending workshops offered by Potters Council, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA), Northern Clay Center-the Dr. William Carty, Alfred University Glaze Chemistry Calculation weekend workshop and NCECA and most recent 2019 a Michael Sherrill workshop at Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO.
I hold the position of Public Relations on Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Board and have served on this board since 2009.