Artist Bio

I grew up in the 90's in suburban Iowa where the arts were well supported in our schools. As soon as I was able to choose my own class schedule, all of my electives were in the arts. I had amazing art teachers who provided knowledge and inspiration. I was able to experience all mediums of visual art including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, jewelry/metals, and of course ceramics, all before leaving high school.

​After high school I headed for the Art Department at the University of Northern Iowa. Initially a sculpture major, I had aspirations of creating large metal sculptures. Though I quickly discovered I didn't care much for welding, I persisted. However, I also began taking printmaking and ceramics classes to fulfill my electives. By the time I graduated in 2006, I had enough credits to declare an emphasis in all three areas and had already begun to combine them into a body of work.

 After college I continued to develop my work as a part-time studio potter where I produced work for galleries, art festivals, and exhibitions from my home studio. I also found a career in arts education and administration, ranging from teaching youth and adult ceramics classes to working to create arts outreach and artist professional development programming in Austin. 

In 2021 I decided to leave full-time arts administration to focus on my own work. I spent that summer in Newcastle, Maine as the Residency Liaison for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, followed by a winter residency at Penland School for Crafts. I am currently teaching community clay classes in Austin, while selling and exhibiting my work.