I am a ceramic handbuilder who’s passionate about pinch-pots! In high school, I had taken every art course offered, EXCEPT for Ceramics. There was nothing appealing to me about the little pinch-pot projects I had seen strewn about the counters in the art room. But, my high school art teacher encouraged me to give Ceramics a try — she was certain I would love it. I learned two lessons… First, pinch-pots are amazing and there’s so much one can do with this basic technique. And, secondly, always listen to your high school art teacher! (I currently teach high school Ceramics. Ha, ha! Oh the irony!) She was right, and I went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with concentrations in both Ceramics and Graphic Design.
My pinch-pot piggy banks, my first line of work, are both functional and decorative and are often a funny commentary on the joys and struggles of motherhood. Each piggy is one-of-a-kind and is inspired by the antics of my own young children or from memories of my childhood. These whimsical, meticulously hand-crafted, heirloom-quality pieces aim to make you chuckle!
My second line of work is a bit more “serious.” My pinch-pot Raku-fired planters are all about the process. They incorporate elements of my graphic design background and focus on shape, balance, line, texture, and unique color. I’m passionate about Raku and love the unpredictable, exciting, and surprising nature of the process. Each piece is unique and couldn’t be reproduced if I tried! When a pot is complete, I hand-select a tiny succulent plant based on its shape, texture, and color. The sculptural quality of the succulents are an extension of my pots and seek to enhance the organic beauty of each piece!