After finishing my MFA in Ceramics in 2003, I moved all over the United States. Living in a wide variety of places (from Florida to Alaska and many places in between) became an important part of my process by always being submersed in different architecture, local cultures, colors and patterns in my surroundings. It’s these colors and patterns as well as the local pop culture imagery that inform my work. I moved to Austin, TX in 2013 specifically to focus on working as a fulltime functional potter. Austin has provided me with a constant surge of imagery from the amazing fields of bluebonnets that spontaneously sprout up all across the city and beyond to the ever evolving walls of graffiti. Working as a potter gives me the unique opportunity to create objects that one would tend to hold close, increasing the users understanding and furthering the investigation of the form. It’s from that intimate moment of a pot being used, the sense of understanding, function and subtlety that keeps me pushing the definition of my work.
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