I began working with clay in 2003, right out of high school. Feeling motivated and passionate is very important to me. Thankfully, clay has flooded my life with never ending opportunities to keep working while having fun. My goal along the way is to always be my own voice.
Since 2012 I have been the Clay Studio Manager for the NC State University Crafts Center. My passion for teaching began in 2006, just before earning my degree in Ceramic and Metal Sculpture. Soon after I was hired to teach at the Town of Cary Arts Center as well as apprenticed under several local ceramic artists. For over a decade now I have been working with clay in all its production levels. Sharing what I know and helping people find their expression in this medium is an incredibly rewarding experience. I truly love what I do.
What to make, and when to make it, is always the challenge. Perhaps it will come easier to me when making for myself, for a living, is all I do. In the mean time I've got a full time job in a studio that thrives off of creativity and discovery. The constant flow of life around me is a unique factor in deciding what to make next. Work that evokes action or emotion, pieces that function beyond the basics or tradition - that's what I am interested in.
Commitment makes creation worth it. Consequently I don’t know when I will ever really settle on one thing… other than eggs, which was an idea that hatched years ago. You could say they were a bit of a wakeup call. Hours of work crammed into tiny packages that convey humorous or personable messages, easily crafted in my not-so-big studio, and 100% me. The world seems to love them, for which I am very grateful and beyond inspired to continue developing a new nest each year.
Over time I continue to learn the value of patience and in turn have become a more compassionate human being and artist. This is what my freedom feels like. J