Grand Marais, Minnesota, United States

(218) 370-1474

My handmade tile is for those of us who crave a connection to our surroundings.  By using the natural material of clay and making each piece by hand, my work has the ability to transform the built environment from the rigid, inherent perfection of machined materials into a restorative, grounding experience, much like a walk in the woods or time spent by a lake.  My creative process brings comfort and healing that I extend to others through my work. My artistic practice lives between the tradition of using clay and heat to produce a functional building material and my ongoing questioning of our modern lives. I aim to engage curious viewers on a conceptual level and to share my ongoing story.  I find it meaningful to question the sources and processes of our surroundings.  Asking - How was this made?  Where did this come from? Why would someone take the time and effort required to make this by hand? - these are important questions that can help us find meaning and connection in our lives. 

I grew up between the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and the Wyoming prairie. Since earning a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University, I was an arts administrator and an arts educator before moving to northern Minnesota in 2011. I have been drawn to the arts since childhood and have maintained my own creative practices with clay for over 20 years. I have been focusing on creating custom ceramic tile since 2013 which allows for balancing the demands of living, such as earning income and covering studio overhead, with a creative lifestyle. 

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