Bio

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, I grew up in Tampa, FL, immersed in the subtropical landscape and weather.  My mother was a maker at home with cloth, thread, yarn, paint, shells.  Following her example at an early age, I added various media to the list. Attending Queens University in NC, I spent an influential year in France and Spain, then graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Visual Art/Ceramics. After honing my skills as a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts (NC), I graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) with an MFA in Ceramics.  

 

After Cranbrook, where I worked with ceramic sculpture and installations, I built a small catenary, wood-fired, salt kiln, embarking on the business of creating functional ceramics. This work evolved to hand-built ceramic/mixed media vessel forms, then wall works in cloth/mixed media and fragments of my own destroyed work. Themes of imposed expectations, and the limitations of standardization in certain aspects of our lives, were the focus of those series. One constant throughout has been a resistance to the rigidity of categories, a pushing back against set boundaries and parameters, in ideas, working methods, and material approaches.

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See and hear me talk briefly about craft in this video about Fuller Craft Museum.

Published letter in Ceramics Monthly magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2016

Check out this interview with Boston Voyager (June, 2018)   

Review  of  Parsing Sign and Image  in Artscope's Nov/Dec 2018 issue  

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