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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.

April 2017Present

Ceramics Instructor

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Teach beginning wheel throwing, and hand building classes to adults with a wide range of experience and skill levels as well as children’s clay class.

Sept 2015Present

Studio Assistant

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Part of the team that keeps the pottery studios running smoothly by mixing glazes, loading and firing kilns, and cleaning. 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

I work with clay because of the connection I feel to the Earth when the clay is moving through my fingers. I love the act of creating, of taking a lump of mud and turning it into something beautiful.

The images I draw and paint on clay express my love of nature and to help people smile or even to laugh. I draw endangered animals onto my pottery to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures and their plight. Seeing ancient clay shards in museums reminds me of the longevity of pottery. My work can be a record of the creatures that have shared the earth with us.

I tend to make functional pots such as mugs, bowls, and vases because I want people to use and enjoy my pottery every day. It gives me pleasure when someone says “it's my favorite mug, I use it all the time.” When I use other artists pottery I feel a connection to that person, I hope to pass on that positive connection.

Group Invitational Exhibits

  • OCAF Members Exhibit - Watkinsville, GA, 2018
  • Art in the Park, Marietta - Marietta, GA, 2016 & 2018
  • Artist of the Month at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center - Atlanta, GA
  • Fired Works – Macon, GA 2012 - 2018
  • Inman Park Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2010 - 2018
  • East Atlanta Strut - Atlanta, GA, 2012 -2018
  • Callanwolde Studio Assistants and Instructors Show and Sale - Atlanta, GA, 2015 - 2018
  • Callanwolde Arts Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2016 - 2017
  • Christmas at Callanwolde - Atlanta, GA, 2016 - 20017 
  • Art Visions at Paideia - Atlanta, GA, 2010 - 2017
  • Clairmont School Holiday Market - Decatur, GA,  2012 - 2017
  • 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 & 2017 - 2018
  • 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, Molly Hatch and Cynthia Bringle.

Interest

  • 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