My environment is the source of inspiration for my work. Something as simple as a bird on a telephone wire or a tree in a park can spark my creativity. Patterns and textures from fabric or plant life inspire me to create tactile surfaces that fingers want to touch. Small details reveal the attention and care that goes into the design and crafting of each piece. Vibrant colors, fun textures, hand carved stamps and inspired text come together in clay to tell a story of the world that is around me.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, spending most of my life in Oregon. My experience with clay began in high school and continued on to the University of Oregon where I earned a BFA in ceramics in 2003. I have been teaching and selling my work professionally for the past nine years. I currently work from my studio in NE Portland, and have the encouragement and support of a loving husband and two doggy mutts.