What clay body do you use?
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Describe your studio environment.
How/Where do you market your artwork?
How/Where do you sell your artwork?
What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
"Clay is a risky media that keeps you on your toes. The process is needy and demanding. It keeps you active and actively seeking solutions as you process new ideas and concepts. I like to make simple works that serve a specific purpose or need, such as yarn bowls or kitchen tools. I enjoy the creative process of seeing a need and creating a solution."
Did you come to pottery from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
"I was seeking a BS in Biology when I took my first ceramics class. I loved the parallels between the science and the art, for example chemistry lab and creating glazes. After I finished my Biology degree and was working in the science field, I completed a Master of Arts in ceramics and sculpture. I left science and started to teach art. Slowly I lessened my “day job” to focus on ceramics and our growing family. Currently I work from home with my son."
How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to students?
What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?
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artist statement: with quiet purpose
I will never be able to keep myself from dabbling in various art media. I enjoy the process of learning and I relish exploring something new. My art studio is a testament to this, with tubs of various tools neatly stacked.
Truly it was the birth of my son that made me focus my artistic efforts and find a groove. All the weighty and noble art criticism wafted away. It was time to simply get to work. My desire honed in to ceramics, then simple forms, then smooth and simple forms, but yet, a smooth and simple form with a quiet purpose. My desire is to create works of art that will be a part of your daily life.
My favorite way to sell pottery is to place the work directly in the hands of the future owner. I want that moment of connection, with the work becoming the midpoint.
Once before I would have stated that my influences are wide and vast. But now, simple line, simple curve, quiet purpose. I desire to refine my works down to the simplest form and use this surface for calming glaze work. Life is busy; let's make this simple. Let's remember connection. Let's refine ourselves.
University of Houston - Clear Lake
Body Image, Invitational and Juried, WPC, Houston, TX
ClayHouston Member Show, Tea+Art, Houston, TX
Hope Series, Invitational, WPC, Houston, TX
Write On!, Invitational, Project Dormalou, Houston, TX
Lone Star Art Faculty Exhibition, Houston, TX
HCP Student Print Sale, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Printmaking and Art Furniture Exhibition, Invitational, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
Body Image Invitational & Juried Exhibition, Invitational, TAACCL, TX
Open Door Series Winter Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
Open Doors Series Summer Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
CCISD High School Art Educators Exhibition, The University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, Houston, TX
10th Juried Photography Exhibition, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
Open Doors Series Winter Show, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
Hello Again!, Best of Show for Body of Work, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX
Winter Open, TAACCL, Nassau Bay, TX