Hello! I’m a potter and ceramicist, working out of a home studio in Harrisonburg, VA.
I work primarily with slabs, building textured functional work for the home. My work is made with stoneware, decorated with a range of satin and flowing glazes that highlight the texture underneath.
I strive for carefully-crafted, tactile organic forms that are a pleasure to use and to look at. My work is inspired by local plants and scenery, as well as experimentation with found objects and the textures they create. I also use handmade stamps, many of which play with the interaction and contrast of natural objects and manmade shapes.
My work is influenced by a large community of contemporary and traditional potters. I’ve studied ceramics at the Penland School of Crafts, La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and (virtually) at Pocosin Arts. I’ve had the honor of learning from many amazing teachers, including Mark Arnold, Annie Chrietzberg, Bill Griffith, Lauren Karle, Gail Kendall, Mike Lalone, Sarah Pike, Deb Schwartzkopf, Ellen Shankin, and Mark Wingertsahn (who taught me to handbuild with clay for the very first time).
Environmental sustainability is important to me, and I use only recyclable or biodegradable packaging in my shipping. I'll be creating a page soon with resources for anyone looking for sustainable packaging options, as they took quite a while to research and find.
I live in a house near a park in Harrisonburg, VA with my partner Steve, my sweet dog Ollie, and my bossy cat Fat Fat. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me working out or doing yoga, embroidering, reading fantasy books, meditating, or walking my dog. I also do the occasional stint as a marketer and web designer, raise money for charity with VOICE Ensemble, act in the occasional play, and go on lots of walks in the woods.