About the Artist
I'm an outdoor girl, so nature inspires me. The pandemic curtailed trail-hiking or travel to the coast, so I walk through my north Portland neighborhood and fill my eyes with the green glory of the Pacific Northwest. Much of my ceramic work revolves around the leaves I find on my walks. I love texture and explore the texture of leaves and all variety of impressions on clay. My whimsical Mother Mud People sculptures were inspired by a small statue I found "purposefully abandoned" below a larch tree in Hoyt Arboretum. I was enchanted and created my own little people with textured "tattoos" all over them, which I create using leather embossing tools. These Mud People are designed to guard your houseplant or your tree or garden, and are made of earthenware.
I also love color, so most of my dishes have a bright and cheerful tone. All of my work is hand-built from slabs, coils or pinched. I'm inspired by Art Nouveau (1887-1918) and its near worship of nature-in-art. My favorite museum is the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver, Colorado, and if you love Art Nouveau or Art Deco it is well worth a visit.
My stoneware bowls are quite varied in character at this point in my career. Nearly every bowl is a prototype, as I determine which creative options will work well in larger pieces that I can show at future "in person" events and art festivals. Many of my bowls have an irregular rim on them, as I prefer the organic nature of allowing the clay to dry as round or as wonky as it prefers. (I shape the bowl rims perfectly round during construction, but then I don't force the bowl to remain that way.)
All my pottery is created in my backyard studio. I work in both red and white stoneware. I source my clay and glazes locally at Georgies Ceramic & Clay, and use a mini slab-roller to roll out evenly thick clay slabs to start with. I spend a lot of time on the details, because art should look beautiful from any angle, whether viewed from afar or close up. July 11th I will host my first Summer Studio Tour & Art Sale, as part of Artists On Amherst, which I founded. Two pottery friends will join me at my studio, and other artist neighbors will show their art too. Sign up here to receive email notices of events, sales and studio tours. Then in October I'll represent for Portland Open Studios.
In other creative endeavors, I also paint abstracts with alcohol inks, and I "paint" moons with sand and acrylic paint. But mostly I make functional and sculptural ceramic art with stoneware clay.
In addition to pottery and painting, I have a career as a liquid fermented beverage artist. In other words, I am a Brewmaster in the craft beer industry. Currently I work in Research & Development in beer ingredients.
Stay safe and healthy! I hope we can all see each other soon.
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