MY STORY & PHILOSOPHY
My recent pots are made with a porcelain clay body. I enjoy the soft buttery feel of this clay which reminds me of the soft fabric of worn cloth of a quilt. I have been working with my hands my whole life and enjoy the tactile nature of this medium. I love a process that challenges me to learn something new every day. My forms are inspired by function. My designs and patterns are inspired by the beauty of nature and historical patterns and objects. I aim to emphasize texture and pattern through my use of glazes. My glaze palette is inspired by the impressionist painting movement and by fashion. I want my pots to be used for everyday function-but also elevated for special occasions. I gain inspiration from historical pottery from Japan, China, and Korea, prints of the art nouveau movement, quilts, fabric patterns, the paintings of Degas, and English China Ware of the 1900’s.
I am a North Carolina native that grew up on my family’s farm in Efland NC. I spent my childhood summers working on the farm which involved tasks including picking vegetables, strawberries, and cut flowers and also selling them at various local markets. I graduated with a degree in Studio Art at University of North at Wilmington and a minor in Art History in 2012. My love of clay evolved from taking a few ceramics courses during college. After graduating I worked as a floral designer in Wilmington, NC, where I worked for a busy wedding florist from 2012 to 2017. To follow my passion for clay, I began taking classes at a local community arts center, Orange St. Pottery in Wilmington, NC and also joined the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild. I decided I wanted to pursue my passion further and did a year long wood firing ceramics residency at Cub Creek Foundation under Director John Jessiman, in Appomattox ,Va. during 2018. My time there was a catalyst for a deepened appreciation of pottery and furthering my exploration in clay. In 2019 I participated in the working artist program at Longwood University in Farmville, Va and was a studio assistant at a small craft school at Sugar Maples in Maplecrest, NY for the summer of 2019. In the Fall of 2019, I moved to Floyd, VA to begin working as a Studio Assistant for Professional Potter Silvie Granatelli to pursue my goal of becoming a full time potter, where I will continue the position through the fall of 2021.