I consider myself an artist because I have a passion for making beautiful decorative work, and a craftsperson because I put a lot of time and effort into creating functional pieces with a purpose. I’m a passionate and purposeful person, ever trying to improve. I have a drive to create and a hope that my work brings happiness to others.
I’ve been a creative for as long as I can remember. I’ve always really enjoyed making things. I’ve created work in many mediums over the years, crayons, collages, acrylic, oil, charcoal, pencil, fabric, dance, all sorts of mixed media , murals, metal, wood, and I enjoy cooking and baking quite a bit as well. I guess what I’m trying to say is that making is, and always has been, a big part of who I am. I did a little hand building in high school art, but truly fell into ceramics during my 4th year of college. I spent the next 2 years learning a lot about art and attaining a bachelors in art with an emphasis in ceramics from CMU. It took me quite a few years after college to be in a place that I could pursue making ceramics myself in my own space. I didn’t give up though, and am now currently working out of a home studio that I really love.
There are many reasons that I’ve chosen to focus on ceramics as my main creative outlet. I think one of the things I enjoy the most about it is that there always seems to be something different to explore and something else to learn. Different clay bodies, firing techniques and decorating techniques on decorative or functional work, wheel thrown or hand built, I feel like I could never get bored exploring it all. I have been buying my main clay bodies from Runyan, a local pottery store. I use their buff and speckled buff stoneware for my functional work, and mid fired decorative work. I feel like I’m getting the hang of firing my own electric kiln well, and I’m getting a lot out of fine tuning that firing process along with testing glaze combinations. I’ve been using commercial glazes, mostly Amaco’s Potter’s Choice, but I’ve been exploring more of Mayco’s midfire glazes and am digging them too. I have plans to try making my own glazes soon, something I haven’t done since college. I am really enthralled by atmospheric firing, I barrel fire and have pit fired in the past. I helped run a few wood firings and soda firings in college and would love to some day try that out again. My mindset is that if I never give up, I will only continue improving and learning.
Personally, I’m a happily married woman in my mid thirties. My husband, Tony, is my best friend and we have a sweet little 10 year old rescue dog, Puff. Tony and I enjoy gardening, gaming (video and table top), disc golf, and going to concerts together (we rock out to The Spill Canvas, Coheed and Cambria, and The Mountain Goats a lot). I like to cook and bake and enjoy canning the food from our garden. I like body piercings and I’m a pretty big geek that plays Dungeons and Dragons and watches Critical Role. I’m a huge introvert with anxiety, taking lots of deep breaths to get through the day. I take life slow and like to refer to myself as a tortoise because of the speed at which I do things. I’ve recently started to learn to play the ukulele.