I make functional ceramics--objects made for daily use. My work is well crafted and beautiful, but un-precious. My work is nice enough to stand out and be noticed, but able to be used throughout the course of daily life with comfort.
Ceramics represents, for me, a perfect blend of many things. It provides the perfect mix of art and function--beautiful objects made to be used. It also provides a sublime mix of art and science. Studio pottery is a process that requires artistic vision, technical skill, and scientific understanding to complete. It also provides a direct connection between thought and finished project. Each piece is made from start to finish with my own hands. Ceramic art provides me the opportunity to be at once an artist, maker and scientist.
I draw inspiration from functional objects in my daily life. As an avid tinkerer and professional bicycle mechanic, I think often of my favorite tools. A good tool does its job so well it is almost unnoticeable. However, a closer look will reveal tiny details. Curves and shapes designed with intention and purpose. These details seem so small on the surface, but make the tool work more efficiently, or fit better in the hand. I aim for my work to hold these same qualities. It must perform its function well, and be a joy to use. Coffee can be sipped from any concave, water tight vessel. Small, but carefully considered details like the angle of a rim, shape and placement of a handle and thickness of wall can transform a vessel’s function from passable to joyful.
I love clay’s ability to inject art into otherwise mundane bits of daily life. With handmade pots, art can sneak into dinner or a coffee break. A ceramic light switch plate or drawer knob is an even subtler way to hide art in plain sight. I’m interested in exploring the possibilities of integrating art into spaces and daily functions in this way. So many of the objects we use in daily life are made and chosen with a cold adherence to cost and precision. Choosing to replace them with handmade versions can be a subversive act.
I grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Clay found me by way of a wonderful high school art teacher who provided ample encouragement for curiosity and investigation.
I recieved my BA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota in 2007.
Following a break from clay and a move to Honolulu, Hawaii I connected with the Hawaii Potters Guild. The co-op community structure of HPG provided me again with the possibilities for exploration I was looking for with clay, as well as the opportunity to serve on the board as a kiln chair.
In 2016 I made the move from Honolulu to Central New Jersey where I am working toward establishing my first complete home studio.
In the fall of 2017 I was one of two apprentices at the Moravian Pottery and Tileworks in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.