MATERIALS AND PROCESS
As an Alaskan based studio potter, I produce porcelain and stoneware table and serving-ware designed for everyday use. My work is created on a potter’s wheel, and fired in an electric kiln to to cone ∆6 temperatures (~2200˚F).
I purchase my clay from Tacoma based Clay Art Center, and actively reclaim all clay from trimmings and unsuccessful pieces.
My glazes are all lead free, food safe, and handcrafted in small batches in-studio.
The final glazing process is closely monitored and quality control checks ensure that my handcrafted wares are free from imperfections.
The final production step includes polishing the foot of the piece to a smooth finish with a diamond sanding pad.
All my work is suitable for everyday use and is microwave, dishwasher, and oven-safe.
I was introduced to the pottery wheel as a child and was encouraged to explore my creativity by my artistically minded family.
In middle and high school I was able to take independent study pottery courses for my art electives. While pursuing an education in geology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I was sure to take a wheel-thrown ceramics course every semester.
After transferring, attending, and ultimately graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2006, with a Bachelors of Science in Geology, I had an opportunity to apprentice with an Alaskan studio potter, Peter Brondz, for two years.
It was after this experience I was able to envision supporting myself as a full-time artist.
Since 2010 I have been working full-time as a studio potter and have learned many lessons on how to waste less time, have successful firings, and how to balance building a business while maintaining my passion to create.
Pottery is very much a labor of love, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue work that blends nature, science, and art, my greatest passions.
At the end of the work day I am deeply satisfied to have produced a physical product, and to see neat rows of pottery, lined up, and ready for the next step in the process.
I love the freedom of being self employed and I am proud that my work adds to the beauty and cultural enhancement of my community.
Thank you for your interest in my work.