In 2020 I was awarded both the Craft and Overall winner in the OurState Magazine Made in NC Awards.
Wild Clay is a term used to describe clay that is dug from the ground and used as is. This is opposed to commercial clays which are formulated using ingredients that are mined individually and combined in specific and consistent recipes. For my Wild Clay line, I dig all of my clay myself and process it only so much as to remove large rocks, bugs, and organic materials with a sieve. Then I experiment with the clay, learn it’s specific properties and characteristics, and create work that relates to the unique properties of the clay. I leave these pieces unglazed and use the atmosphere inside the kiln the pieces are fired in to give each one a unique and authentically wild surface. In this line of work I explore the traditional side of ceramic art. This line represents my desire for simplicity, sustainability, and working in collaboration with the natural world.
My Ash line is an exploration in atmospheric firing. While these pieces are in the kiln, wood and soda ash is blown into the air, swirled in the heat currents, and made to come in contact with the surface of the pots, melting and creating a variety of colors and textures unique to the materials. Firing in this way is violent, unpredictable, and exciting. This line represents my desire to release control over my work and create pottery that is as much about the process as the final piece.
All work in my stoneware line is made using high quality clays and food safe glazes for pottery that is meant for everyday use. This line of work represents my exploration in the world of commercially produced materials and tools and my enjoyment of trying new and popular trends.
I graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Masters of Education in Visual Arts in 2011. Since then I have devoted my time to learning the craft of ceramic art so that I can improve my own body of work as well as share what I learn with others around me. I have had the pleasure of teaching in my home town at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery as well as in my new home in Asheville, NC at The Village Potters Clay Center and at Reems Creek Pottery.
When I knew I wanted to start my own pottery business, I knew apprenticeships would be the path for me. My husband and I moved to Asheville from NY for many reasons, but a big reason for me was the abundant apprenticeship opportunities in the area. I apprenticed with Hank Goodman at Hank Goodman Stoneware, Maud Boleman at Black Mountain Studios, Cathy Gerson at Cathy Gerson Studios, and the wonderful women lead by Sarah Wells Rolland at The Village Potters Clay Center. I learned invaluable lessons to improve my work and run my own business and made lasting relationships that I am thankful for every day.