I began working full time as a potter in Hamburg, Germany in 2008 when I moved to be near my partner and love of my life, Scot King. For 7 years I traveled all over Scandinavia and Eastern Europe demonstrating primitive pottery techniques and showing my work annually at Hedeby Viking Museum in Germany, Ribe Viking Center in Denmark, The Cultural Reserve of Kernave, in Lithuania; and The Museum of Archeology in Biskupin, Poland. The romance of travel and historical and archeological study has been a huge influence on my work over the years.
My current work is inspired by early Slavic, and Finn Ugrian ceramics from the Neolithic Era to the Iron Age. I first developed my curiosity regarding these ancient pottery styles when I was invited to Russia as a demonstrator at a major historical festival in Moscow. It was there that I first fell in love with the heavy stamping and mark making of the ancient Slavic and Finn Ugrian tribes after a visit to the National Historical Museum. Over the past 9 years I've visited Russia 10 times attending archeological symposiums and museum tours. Since my first visit I have participated in cultural exchanges in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murom, Novgorod and Staraya Ladoga, and have worked closely with archeologists in Russia and the Baltic to develop the research that has inspired my forms and mark making in modern clay today.
I'm currently lucky enough to reside in beautiful Madison County North Carolina and work full time in my studio at Marshall High Studios, overlooking the French Broad River.