I started working in clay during my senior year at Defiance College. After a year of AmeriCorps service, I apprenticed under Steve Smith at 4 Corners Gallery in Angola, Indiana, then began working full time out of his studio. After three years of building a cohesive and profitable line, I built my own studio in a section of a beautiful historic schoolhouse in Goshen, Indiana. Every step of the way, I have focused on creating and fine tuning my personal line of handcrafted ceramic products. Using an oxygen-saturated electric kiln atmosphere and contrasting glazes, I feel I have produced a line of products that is simultaneously functional and beautiful.
Some facts about me:
- Earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Minor in Religious Studies from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.
- Traveled to Greece and Spain with the Defiance College Honors Program.
- Traveled to Cambodia with the Defiance College McMaster School for Advancing Humanity to instruct women in family planning techniques and economics.
- Traveled with Steve Smith to Nicaragua in 2013 to train a women's pottery cooperative in wheel throwing and decorative techniques in conjunction with Potters for Peace.
- Was one of three production potters for the Mad Anthony Brewing Company's 2013 Mug Club mugs.
- Exhibited at the Ohio Designer Craftsmen 2013 Winterfair in Columbus, Ohio.
- Exhibited at the 2014 Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Have done collaborative work with Steve Smith and Rebecca Graves, including custom orders and production work.
The Potters Cast Interview
I had the pleasure of spending some time talking with Paul Blais, founder and host of The Potters Cast. It's a great podcast where Paul speaks with potters about their lives and work. You can listen to my conversation with Paul here. I explain where and how I work, and told some stories. I had a really great time, and now count Paul as a friend and co-conspirator in the world of ceramics. It's an excellent podcast, full of interesting and insightful conversations with a wide range of potters. Take a listen. I think you'll enjoy what you hear. :)