Meet the Artist
About This Artist
As a BFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I currently make functional pottery in New England, though I remain a Midwesterner at heart. Pots are thrown on the wheel and adorned with colorful clays and bold lines. My pottery is an invitation to take notice of small details in daily life while honoring them through patterned imagery. Through the use of my work, I invite people to celebrate the handmade and build connections every day through their food and beverage rituals.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I use a mid range porcelain sourced from my local pottery supply store. I throw the majority of my work on a potter's wheel and combine it with colored clay and playful imagery to create my body of work. For my decoration process, I hand draw every detail using an Xacto knife and inlay colorant into the pattern. I then wipe away all the colorant and this just leaves the pattern and imagery I drew visible in the porcelain. All pottery is fired and glazed in an electric kiln.
A: Considered among the oldest technologies, making pottery brings me a sense of continuity and peace to continue such a tradition. I work with porcelain because it is a great medium for colored mason stains and surface decoration. I’ve always had a passion for both drawing and making pots. Porcelain is the perfect material to merge two of my passions and skills. Lastly, I get satisfaction from making objects that bring families and friends together over shared meals and drinks.
A: Every image and pattern in my work is hand drawn with an Xacto knife. No two pots will ever be the exact same, although I do ensure consistency between patterns and colors. Each line, imagery and pattern is carefully and meticulously etched into the clay. I don’t use screen printed or transferred patterns and I don’t use any stamps.
A: The natural world constantly inspires me. I stop and look at the clouds, leaves, grass, birds, and record all the details I find. Summer and Autumn are the most inspiring seasons for me and help me reflect on colors I use in my work. I always feel inspired artistically when I visit my hometown in Minnesota along the Mississippi river. Additionally, I feel inspired when I read magazines such as Ceramics Monthly, listen to podcasts, or hang out with my studio mates at Nicholson File Artist Studios.
A: My connection with my studio mates is invaluable. I’ve learned many techniques, such as kiln maintenance, screen printing with clay, and using lusters, and I am a firm believer in sharing all the techniques and skills I know. I am incredibly lucky to share such a great space with so many talented and diverse artists and craftspeople from all types of mediums in one roof.
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