In 2001 I attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia to pursue studies in glass. I wound up taking ceramics in my second year of attendance and fell in love with the medium. I was excited to work the clay by hand, something that is impossible with the molten crystal of a glass-blowing studio. I instantly felt a connection to clay. I left VCU after only a short time but continued my studies in clay at Piedmont Virginia Community College in my home town of Charlottesville, Virginia. After a few years I had the opportunity to put together a small studio in my house just outside of the city. I have been working there since.
My focus is on wheel-thrown, functional ceramics. Every piece is created balancing durability and aesthetics. I mix all of my glazes from raw materials and extensively test new glaze combinations, always seeking to move my exploration of the ceramic surface forward. My glaze combinations reference the natural world that surrounds us and add beauty and depth to the work.