Biography

I believe in the discipline of study, thought and skill and apply these beliefs to the art of wood firing. I create functional ware, slip cast forms and slab and coil sculpture inspired by a combination of my other interests, such as geology, psychology, and biology. The unpredictability of wood fire is exciting because it does not allow me to completely control the surface of my pieces. The combination of heat, time and ash come together to produce different flashing patterns and colors that are unique to every firing. This collaborative process helps define the meaning of my work by bringing new life to the forms I create. I am always trying to find the balance between control and serendipitous effects across the surface of my forms.

I began working with clay as an undergraduate at Albion College and was hooked. After getting my BFA in 2010 from Albion College I apprenticed with Ken Shenstone at his wood fire ceramic studio, which is home to Albion Anagama. I held the position of Ceramic Technician at Albion College from 2012-2016 and continued to work at Albion Anagama as the Resident Artist and Studio Manager.I recently earned my MFA from Indiana University. In the future, I hope to continue teaching in the arts and plan to build a wood kiln of my own in the country side of Paducah Kentucky.

2016 winter wood firing at Penland School of Crafts

2016 winter wood firing at Penland School of Crafts