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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 Craft, Penland, NC, Mudfire Clayworks, Decatur, GA, Callenwolde 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.

Artist Statement

Working with clay connects me with the earth; I enjoy the look and feel of raw 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. 



  • 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 - 2014


    Group Invitational Exhibitions

    • Invitational Pottery & Handmade Objects Exhibition - Hambidge

      Residency Center, 2013

    • Barefoot in the Park - Duluth, GA, 2015

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

    • Fired Works - Macon, GA, 2012-2015

    • 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

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

    • Inman Park Festival - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2014

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

    • 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

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

    • Art Visions at Paideia - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2014

    • The Telephone Factory Art Show - Atlanta, GA, 2010-2011

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

    • Clairmont School Holiday Market 2012 -2014

    • East Atlanta Strut 2012 -2014

    • Art 101 Gallery - Canton, GA, 2009

    Work experience

    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.

    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, maintaing student records.

    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.


    Pottery Instructor

    Tucker Recreation Center

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