Chester County, PA
What makes your artwork unique?
I love exploring with different methods to create unique pieces. I often use a variety of hand building techniques and combine them with wheel thrown or sculptural elements. Many of my pieces are finished with detailed surface decoration and fired in a variety of ways, including wood kiln firings, which add a level of unpredictability to the process (that I love).
Why is sustainability in art important to you?
Environmentally, it’s important to conserve resources by reclaiming clay, repurposing found objects as tools, being mindful of water use and glaze materials, and being selective about the pieces that I choose to fire to completion. I’ve also made a conscious effort to only create things that bring me joy, and have clear boundaries when it comes to what that means for my personal sustainability. As an artist, I’d like to continue creating ceramic art for as long as I can in a way that supports both the environment as well as myself as a happy creative person in this world.
What do you do to give back to your community?
My daughter is an adult with Down syndrome, and pre-pandemic we had begun inviting “pottery friends” to deedledoo studio once a week to create with clay. That came to a screeching halt in 2020, but happily we have begun again. My goal is to gradually grow our community circle of adult artists with disabilities in a sustainable way.
What do you hope your art inspires in others?
Play! We are here for a short amount of time, so find something that brings you joy and do that thing. Be weird and have fun and create what you love.