My work deals with three major components; complexities of containment, the necessity for it, and surface modulation or degradation. The act of containing objects has always intrigued me due to the inherent significance, whether cognitive or not, that is placed upon a vessel to contain and protect material goods of life. This has been a main vehicle for my art work; the co-evolution of human life and containment. I finish my work in salt and/or wood kilns to produce surfaces that resemble items that are weathered and have natural patinas.
The need for containment within the domestic landscape becomes a catalyst for me to create both item specific and universal vessels of containment. The work is based around function and the kitchen, more specifically, the storage of staple foodstuff and the distribution or containmtent of sustenance. Surface modulation on the work is an exploration of line, color, and the interaction and/or the degradation of those elements within the environment of atmospheric kilns.
Physical interaction is of great importance to me and consequently lids and handles play a critical role within the work. Conversely interaction with the domestic landscape is accentuated with details on the base of the pieces. Without the physical and visual interaction with the viewer/user, the work stops short of completion just as any other utilitarian object, interaction and utilization completes the object.
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art, West Virginia University
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Studio Arts, Virginia Tech
Adjunct Instructor – Ceramics & Sculpture, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Freelance Ceramic Designer, Mario Industries inc., Roanoke, VA
Resident Artist, Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Appomattox, VA
19th Strictly Functional Pottery National (Juried), Kevin Lehman’s Studio, Lancaster, PA
Workhouse Clay National (Juried; Placed 2nd), Workhouse Art Center Lorton Arts Foundation, Lorton, VA
Continuance: Work of Former and Current16 Hands Apprentices (Invitational), Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
16 Hands Tour and Sale (Guest Artist), Floyd, VA
Cub Creek: The Coe College Exhibition (Invitational), Sinclair Galleries, Cedar Rapids,IA
Constantly Containing, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Paul Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV
NCECA China Symposium Student Exhibition, Robert Anderson Gallery Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China
17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition (Juried), San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX
Wood Fire Invitational, The Clay Place, Carnegie, PA
Two Day Ceramic Workshop & Slide Lecture: Blue Ridge Pottery Guild,
Two Day Ceramic Workshop: Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center, Bethany College, Bethany WV
Ceramic Workshop: Fine Arts Series, Cox Visual Art Center; Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA