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Work experience

Mar 2009Present

Owner

Future Relics Pottery

Potter, marketer, custodian, and everything else that is needed to run a successful pottery buisness.

June 2017Present

Pottery Instructor

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Teach a beginning wheel throwing class to adult potters with a wide range of experience and skill levels.

April 2017Present

Ceramics Instructor

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Teach the ceramics class for kids 6 - 10 years of age. The children learn about ceramics using fired clay and their imaginations plus they get a tour of the pottery studios.

Sept 2015Present

Stuido Assistant

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Part of the team that keeps the pottery studios running smoothly by mixing glazes, loading and firing kilns, cleaning, and assisting students. I am also involved in organizing, setting up, and advertising pottery shows that help to bring in funds for the program and the artists.

2015Present

Pottery Instructor

Tucker Recreation Center

Teaching adults of various skill levels wheel throwing, hand building, and various decorating techniques. 

Aug 2016Aug 2016

Studio Assistant

Penland School of Crafts

Assistant to artist Jeremy Randall working with hand building ceramics techniques, creating textures, and surface decoration with colored terra sigillata. 

Mar 2015May 2015

Studio Assistant

Penland School of Crafts

Assistant to Cynthia Bringle during eight week spring concentration for intermediate to advanced students. My duties included assisting the students in improving their skills, maintaining a clean and safe environment, teaching students how to load and fire bisque, reduction, salt, soda, and raku kilns as well as how to formulate, mix, and test glazes.

Mar 2013Apr 2014

Co-Owner

Mudfire Studio and Gallery

Helped create a smooth transition from the founders to the new owners. Fired kilns, ran the physical and online gallery, organized workshops, and managed studio assistants.

Apr 2013Apr 2013

Studio Assistant

Penland School of Crafts

Assistant to Linda and Charlie Riggs during a week long class about Naked Raku and other Bare Clay Techniques.  My duties included mixing glazes, slips and terra sigilata, assisting workshop participants, firing multiple kilns, maintaining a safe environment, maintaining student records.

Jan 2010Mar 2013

Teacher, Studio Assistant

Mudfire Clayworks

Taught pottery to members of a wide skill range, mixed glazes, loaded and fired kilns, maintained cleanliness and safety of the studio.

Oct 2010Oct 2010

Workshop Assistant

Mudfire Clayworks

Assistant to Wally Asselberghs during "Exploring Naked Raku" workshop.  My duties included mixing slips and glazes, setting up work stations, firing the raku kilns, removing hot pots from kilns, and assisting workshop participants with questions or problems.

Artist Statement

Working with clay connects me with the earth; I enjoy the look and feel of clay before and after it has been fired. The permanence of clay is also compelling; I appreciate how a pot made today will be on earth for centuries after the maker is gone.

When crafting my art, I normally create the form while at the same time considering the surface decoration. Some pots speak to me after they are created, some before or during, but they always start in my mind with a concept of the finished piece.

Mishima is an ancient Japanese technique of carving in wet clay, then inlaying colored slips after the bisque firing. Recently I have been incorporating this technique into my pieces, some of which are then raku fired and decorated with horse hair; others are painted and glazed in a way that produces a tattoo like quality. 

Portfolio

Exhibits

    Group Invitational Exhibitions

    • Inman Park Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2017

    • East Atlanta Strut 2012 -2017

    • Callanwolde Studio Assistants and Instructors Show and Sale - Atlanta, GA, 2015-2017

    • Callanwolde Arts Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2016-2017

    • Christmas at Callanwolde - Atlanta, GA, 2016 

    • Art Visions at Paideia - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2016

    • Clairmont School Holiday Market 2012 -2015

    • Festival on Ponce - Atlanta, GA, 2016

    Decatur Arts Festival - Decatur, GA, 2016

    • Piedmont Park Arts Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2015 

    • Barefoot in the Park - Duluth, GA, 2015

    • The Stacks Art + Lofts Tour - Atlanta, GA, 2013-2014

    • Rail Arts District Studio Cruise - Decatur, GA, 2011-2014

    • Invitational Pottery & Handmade Objects Exhibition - Hambidge

      Residency Center, 2013

    • Holiday Show - Mudfire Gallery - Decatur, GA, 2009-2013

    • Art-B-Que - Decatur, GA, 2011-2013

    • Off The Wall - The Macon Arts Alliance Gallery, Macon, GA, 2013

    • Fur and Feathers - Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA, 2013

    • Atlanta Dogwood Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2013

    • The Telephone Factory Art Show - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2012

    • Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA, 2010-2012

    • Colors Festival of Arts - Roswell, GA, 2012

    • Mugs For Jugs - Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA 2011-2012

    • Clay Pride- Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA 2012

    • Arts on The Creek - John's Creek, GA. 2010-2011

    • Art 101 Gallery - Canton, GA, 2009

    Education

    Workshops

    Being a workshop junkie has lead me to attend a large number of workshops with some very talented artists. I have gained knowledge at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Mudfire Clayworks, Decatur, GA, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, and Spruill Center for the Arts, Dunwoody, GA under the tutelage of artists including (but not limited to) John Britt, Debra Fritts, Linda & Charlie Riggs, Tip Toland, Elisa Helland-Hansen, Akira Satake, Wally Asselberghs, Lana Wilson, Liz Zolt Summerfield, Ronan Peterson, and Molly Hatch.

    Interest

    • Member of the Georgia Clay Counsel
    • Volunteer for High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    • Toastmasters International - Vice President of Public Relations (2008-2009), Sergeant At Arms (2009-2010)
    • AIDS Walk Atlanta Team Captain for 2007 & 2008
    • Founder of the Atlanta Chapter of Dykes on Bikes, which leads the Pride Parade in Atlanta as well as participating in many charity rides and events
    • Volunteer with the Piedmont Park Conservancy
    • Penland Auction volunteer 2010 - 2017