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 began to combine them into the beginnings of my current work.
Since college I have continued to develop my work as a part-time studio potter where I produce work for galleries, art festivals, and exhibitions from my home studio. I have also found a career in arts education and administration, ranging from teaching youth ceramics classes to my current position as Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas.