My studio and main base of operations is in beautiful Asheville, NC. I got my B.A. in Art with a focus in Ceramics from the University of Asheville. As a post-baccalaureate student at the same university, I recieved my North Carolina public schools teaching certification for Art, K-12. I now share a working space with artists I respect and admire as well as fire with a crew that is more than gracious and worthy of praise. I feel very blessed to have found a niche in this vibrant community of artists and hard-working, inspiring people.
I grew up and spend a great deal of time in Bristol, Virginia, down in the Southwestern, mountainous tip of the state, right on the Tennessee and North Carolina borders. I percieve my environment to be an important part of my identity, and one of which I am quite proud. I find satisfaction in, and seek out the natural environment of the mountains, hollows, rivers and lakes of this region. I am also fascinated by meeting and connecting with people who also call this place home and this culture their own. Coming from Bristol, the "Birthplace of Country Music," I'm a live music fanatic and bootleg collector and lover of guitar-music and Americana. I also greatly enjoy cooking, and eating, with friends and family.
Although I have been able to call pottery and running my business my primary vocation for a number of years now, I am also passionate about youth and adult education and exposure to art and arts-based communities. So, I substitute teach, do after-school clay programs, and for the past 14 summers have been employed in one capacity or another at one or another summer camp in these NC mountains. Most recently, I have been employed by Blue Ridge Community College teaching clay in the Continuing Education department.