"When I was applying to graduate programs my work was hand built wood fired utilitarian work. I wanted a program where I could continue working with function if I wanted to. Shortly after arriving and working with my peers, I realized I don’t think like a potter and I switched to sculpture. When applying I knew there was a chance I would make this switch, USU was still my first choice because I knew with the technical knowledge I would be building at USU I would be able to make anything. And with all the amazing opportunities to participate in study abroad programs I knew I could balance the technical base education from USU with the conceptual based education from a university in Australia."
"When I was working on my undergraduate degree I was under the impression I was going to study Art History right up until I took that ceramics elective. I was bit by the clay bug and have been doing it ever since. I have worked in all the other 3D mediums but I always come back to clay."
What inspires you?
"Nature! I have always been a nature person. Even when I was making functional pots they were covered in these organic textures. People hate hiking with me cause I’m always stopping to check things out. It use to be textures, rocks and liken but now it’s the vegetation. I love plants. My recent study abroad trip to Australia with all the tropical plants has fed my new series of work."
What are you making now?
"I have changed everything I do since arriving at USU. I now work at cone 6 with Porcelain both slip casting and hand building. I work with a variety of glazes from cone 6 down to 06 as well as room temp glazes ie. Shoe polish, paint, flocking, and scent… what ever it takes. All of this culminates into a series based on botanical forms using the sexuality of the plants as a metaphor for human sexuality."
"Good Question… I hope to be teaching workshops, doing residencies and working in the studio. Travel is very important to me. So I will be trying to wrap up all this together. But I guess first I should create a thesis show!"