My pots reflect the fascination I have for the process of throwing, altering, embellishing and using clay. I enjoy creating each piece with it’s own unique character and personality, whether I change a spout, foot, rim, glaze color or decorative element. My pieces are wheel thrown and altered in some way. The clay body that I primarily work with is porcelain because it adapts well to the richness of color that I achieve from my glazes and stains. Texture is also an important element in my work and for this I enjoy etching into the surface and attaching small sprigs to my pots. All these techniques are inspired from fabric patterns.
The utilitarian pieces I create each have an intended use as well as a visual pleasure for the surface it occupies The decorative elements, glaze colors and forms spring from my love of Art Nouvou, Art Deco and Arts and Crafts movements. The endless possibilities I discover each time I begin a new set of work keep clay new and interesting for me. I enjoy reinventing items I have made in the past and learn a great deal from using my own pottery every day.
I graduated with an MFA in ceramics from East Carolina in 1999. I have taught adults, college students and am currently teaching part time lower school art at my children’s school. I make my home in Gastonia North Carolina with my husband, son and twin daughters.