I live in Missoula, Mt, where my family lives and I call home. I care deeply about drawing and it's superpowers of communication and self-revelation. I received my MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida, 2013. In 2005 I completed a BFA at the University of Montana, and an AA from The College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Between academic endeavors I have been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula, The Northern Clay Center, The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, and at The Zentrum fur Keramic, Berlin. You can buy my work in person at The Clay Studio of Missoula, and in person and online at:
Playful painted animal characters envelope the surfaces of my pottery. A sequence develops from the use of three dimensional space. Often, two distinct sides create the narrative. Different views reveal new information as the viewer walks around the piece or moves it in their hands. Because both sides are never viewed in the same moment, both space and time are needed in the telling. My pots are themselves stories, as well as referring to the narrative forms of children’s books and comic books.
The cartoon style engages the use of humor, and replaces grimness with lightness. Humor can reveal deep truths by disrupting our expectations. My drawings show the subject, and also tell us something about how we feel about it. Quietness, playfulness, and drama are all evident in the faces and gestures of my characters. They create a friendly space to explore.