ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a ceramic artist living and working in the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York. I have crafted a line of fine, functional, handmade pottery from my rural studio outside of Ithaca, NY and I sell it at regional art fairs in the North East as well as at several galleries in the Finger Lakes.
I began my ceramic training in 2003 in Ithaca, NY where I took classes from and apprenticed with several wonderful potters. In 2008, I received a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Binghamton University, majoring in Urban Planning. While studying at Binghamton, I continued to learn about pottery while taking lessons at the student Pottery and Craft Studio. Upon graduating, I moved to Robbinsville, NC where I worked for three years as a studio assistant at Yellow Branch Pottery. My time in North Carolina was particularly enlightening for it provided me with the opportunity to make pottery full time as well as to test my dedication to the art form. In 2013, I returned to New York State and set up my own studio in Trumansburg, NY
My body of work reflects the many influences I have had over the years of my training. The result is a line of functional artworks that are intended for daily use in the kitchen and home. My work is primarily wheel thrown with stoneware clay and the forms are spare and traditional. What gives it its distinctive look is the glaze technique I employ, called glaze trailing. When using this technique, I dip half of each piece in glaze, leaving the other half raw and unglazed. I then draw, or trail, fine patterns with glaze all over the bare portion of the piece. The result is a textured, patterned surface that, although drawn with glaze, is very stable and precise. I use an electric kiln to fire all my work.
I love making pottery. It is a constant source of joy and amusement. Every day in the studio makes me grateful; for the people who have helped make my dream a reality and for my incredible good fortune to have discovered something I am passionate about. I’m so excited to be making pots in the lovely Finger Lakes! Come visit!