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 my family. I am glad to be here and making functional pottery that allows others to experience my journey. I like to think that this journey is reflected in each pot I make.
Glaze is very important to my work because it helps me to use color and texture to transfer the emotions I get from the visuals surrounding me . I am constantly inspired by the rolling hills, the blue skies, the green grass, the orange wheat. My pots give others an opportunity to have the same feelings sipping their coffee as I may have walking in the hay fields behind my house in Floyd.