I don't remember ever making the decision to be a potter. I like to think that it came in a natural flow, where one minute I'm struggling to center the clay and the next I'm challenging myself to make a form that is new, complex, and exciting... with all the other experiences blending somewhere in between.
I came to Floyd, Virginia to apprentice with Silvie Granatelli after learning how to throw pots at the University of Delaware and transferring to graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In between school and apprenticing I completed a year long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. I consider these moves as part of my flow, the next step not calculated until well into the previous. Opportunities have presented themselves much like ideas for new pots have presented themselves; a realization that a particular thing can be achieved if I only do "this."
I am so grateful that these experiences have led me to Floyd, Virginia where I have started my home studio and building my life as an artist. In the beginning of 2019 I took over the ownership of Troika Crafts, a contemporary fine craft gallery in the heart of Downtown Floyd. I encourage everyone to come experience Floyd and the rich craft culture within. While you’re here, come stop into the gallery and say hi!