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Artist Statement

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.

Art Education/Bio

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.

Techniques/Processes

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. 

Group Shows

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

Publications

“Reshaping Herself” Artist Spotlight,Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 2014

500 Teapots, Vol. 2, Lark Publishing

Clay TimesMagazine, “The Gallery,”  Winter 2011 Issue

Affiliations

Art Market Gallery, Knoxville (Board of Directors 2010-12)

Foothills Craft Guild, East Tennessee

Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance

Terra Madre (Women in Clay), Knoxville

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Window reflection in the Old City, Knoxville, TN
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Window reflection in the Old City, Knoxville, TN
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Creative Catalyst Award at the Newell Hendershot Juried Show, Sycamore Shoals, TN; Tennessee Watercolor Society 33rd Exhibition and Traveling exhibition; Honorable Mention, Oak Ridge Art Center ...
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Creative Catalyst Award at the Newell Hendershot Juried Show, Sycamore Shoals, TN; Tennessee Watercolor Society 33rd Exhibition and Traveling ...
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Art and Cultural Alliance National Juried Exhibition
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Art and Cultural Alliance National Juried Exhibition
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Landscape Blue Flowers in Field of Green
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Landscape Blue Flowers in Field of Green
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Elegant vase of florals reflecting on a cityscape
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Elegant vase of florals reflecting on a cityscape
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Constructed necklace incorporating turquoise and a black onyx drop.
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Constructed necklace incorporating turquoise and a black onyx drop.
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Tennessee Watercolor Society 34th Exhibition, Purchase Award
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Tennessee Watercolor Society 34th Exhibition, Purchase Award
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Night lights reflecting on Gay Street.
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Night lights reflecting on Gay Street.
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Free form sterling silver design using folding technique. Malachite and pearl included.
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Free form sterling silver design using folding technique. Malachite and pearl included.
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Callas Series No. 27 Watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140# Rough
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Callas Series No. 27 Watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140# Rough
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"Unveiled - Life and Hope Through a Woman's Eyes" Series No. 16 Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough People's Choice Award - Cape Cod Art Center 2018 Tell A Story National Juried Exhibition Ann K. ...
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"Unveiled - Life and Hope Through a Woman's Eyes" Series No. 16 Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough People's Choice Award - Cape Cod Art Center 2018 ...
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Window reflection reflecting Gay Street and The Holston.
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Window reflection reflecting Gay Street and The Holston.
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Watercolor on Saunders Waterford 200# Cold Press  
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Watercolor on Saunders Waterford 200# Cold Press  
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Forged and shaped sterling silver with a picture jasper.
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Forged and shaped sterling silver with a picture jasper.
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Night lights with window reflection at the Wagon Wheel in the Old City
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Night lights with window reflection at the Wagon Wheel in the Old City