I knew from the early age of 5 I wanted to be an artist and I loved mud. When I was 10 years old I started taking art lessons. I loved every kind of art so it was no surprise that I chose Art Education as my major in college. it was at college I was first introduced to pottery. But 14 years ago, while living in Cincinnati, that I really took the time to learn the craft and 12 years ago I started selling my work.
Although I grew up in Indiana, every summer I would got to Wisconsin for Church camp. One image I still remember is the endless tall trees. It wasn’t until I moved to Wisconsin as an adult that I found my voice as an artists. Working with clay I make what I call functional pottery with a twist. Making the transition from craft art. Inspired by the beauty around me, especially the fall colors, I started creating bowls adorned with leaves. Each bowl has a unique leaf as realistic as possible is essential to my design and what makes them so popular. When brainstorming about new work I wanted to do fro a show I started looking at the trees all around me. I took notice of the bark texture, viewing the trees individually and as groups, close up and afar. i noticed how the trees related to each other and to the sky. What the trees looked like against a clear or snowy sky and even night sky. To recreate that feeling I knew the pieces would have to be tall and throwing that amount of clay was not practical for me. So i decided to hand-build tall vases that have become known as “trees.” My first load was a disaster with half of the vases exploding. The ones that survived had some remnants from the explosion making each very unique as they would be after a storm. I started experimenting with different heights and diameters, painting clusters of trees with glazes, making the vases into a 3 dimensional canvas. As i finished the vases I stood them next to each other, recreating a forest. i love these vases because they can be displayed individually or as a group to create a more dramatic effect.
Now, with my recent move to Greenville, I look forward to exploring the Upstate landscape and all the new plants and trees. I am already inspired by my walks on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and my hikes in the mountains. I look forward to seeing how this influences my work and can’t wait to share my work with the community.