Since memories hold, I have had the need to create with my hands. I spent many years employed in a wide spectrum of jobs that brought me to many places and exposed me to different mediums and techniques. While living in New York City, I enrolled in a continuing education class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for wax carving in jewelry design. I realized that jewelry making called for many of my strengths and interests: problem solving, tools, earth’s precious materials, and skill. I began a quest to learn everything I could.
I apprenticed to master jewelers in NY’s diamond district and attended FIT at night while producing my own line. I strive to lend an ancient feel to my jewelry by deliberately leaving marks from the various tools I use. I am attracted to surfaces that hold stories and lean towards using natural materials like raw minerals and old mined diamonds. My work is consciously created using conflict free gems and recycled materials.
In 2010, I moved to upstate New York and opened a studio with a storefront where I sell my work and teach classes. The beauty and space of my environment has awakened a re-connection with ceramics. Soft, pliable earth has become the language I feel most fluent and where my learned skills converge. In clay, my passion spans both the functional and sculptural. My pottery is fearless in its exploration of surface, glaze formulation, and application. A rusty metal door or layers of graffiti on a crumbling wall are my inspirations. My sculpture is birth-organic, raw, and cathartic - its meaning only becoming clear to me after its completion. My figures are personal narratives where elements from the natural world take on symbolic roles. I encourage and at times push the nature of clay to enrich this imagery with layers of slips, oxides, and glazes using multiple firings until the sculpture is complete.