I am a ceramic artist that creates two distinct bodies of work, functional tabletop ware and sculptural pieces. Though they serve different roles, the two bodies of work share several unifying features.
Texture, adornment and detail are the hallmarks of my work. Primarily, I am fascinated and inspired by patterns and symbols, be they geometric or organic. My other influences are those from nature, architectural elements, textiles/furnishings, relief printmaking and other artworks not limited to ceramics.
After a nearly 20 year career in advertising and marketing, I decided to take some time off from the corporate world and subsequently signed up for a community wheel-throwing pottery class. I quickly transitioned into handbuilding with clay and was immediately hooked. I returned to college and completed 30 course hours in studio art and art history. Additionally, I have taken several clay and drawing workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Rather than being made on a pottery wheel, all pieces are handbuilt from rolled out slabs of off-white stoneware clay. Texture and imagery are achieved through the use of created and found objects pressed into the clay or by carving. Color is achieved through the use of underglazes and glazes used at the various stages of making. Everything is fired in an electric kiln a minimum of two times to a final temperature of 2220o F.
The District Gallery, Women in Clay/Terra Madre, Knoxville, March-April, 2014 and August 2016
Art Market Gallery, 3-D Featured Artist, Knoxville, December 2013
ArtXtravaganza(formerly Art of Webbfest) Knoxville, annually, 2004-2009, 2011- 2013
Artsclamation!Knoxville, annually, 2004-2013, 2016
Good Friends, Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN, September-October 2013, 2015
Flora and Fauna, Terra Madre at Blount Mansion, Knoxville, April 2012
Arts in the Airport, Merit Award Winner, McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, May-October, 2011
ArtScapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, September 2010, 2011
Art Market Gallery, 3-D Featured Artist, Knoxville, June 2010
Art Market Galley, New Member Show, Knoxville, May 2009
Fountain City Art Center, Blessings from the Earth Terra Madre, Knoxville, March 2008
Fountain City Art Center, Women in Clay Terra Madre, Knoxville, November 2005
Scripps Networks Juried Employee Art Show, Knoxville, 2001
“Reshaping Herself” Artist Spotlight,Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 2014
500 Teapots, Vol. 2, Lark Publishing
Clay TimesMagazine, “The Gallery,” Winter 2011 Issue
Art Market Gallery, Knoxville (Board of Directors 2010-12)
Foothills Craft Guild, East Tennessee
Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance
Terra Madre (Women in Clay), Knoxville