I am a working artist and teacher residing in Kansas City, Missouri. I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of Central Missouri and a Masters of Fine Arts also emphasizing Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I am the owner and operator of NEAT! artist studio, a small ceramics studio in Kansas City. I make all of my works and teach classes to a wide variety of students at NEAT! artist studio. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Missouri and Kansas City Kansas Community College. It is my belief that there is nothing better in this world than using my hands to make art, drink coffee, and pet my cat. Have a beautiful day!
It is my goal as an artist to develop a connection with the viewer in an intimate and universal manner. I accomplish this by making functional objects. The ubiquitous understanding, ritual aesthetics, and touchable nature of a pot opens a door to an intimate form of communication that can only be had when a viewer holds a work in their hands and raises it to their mouth. I use texture, color, and luster in my work to separate it from the unambiguous functional object. These surface treatments are intended to portray more than a visual experience, rather to portray a union of opposing classifications. These classifications include, but are not limited to: fragility vs. stability, attraction vs. repulsion, and elegance vs. clumsiness. These complexities make the work more relatable to the multi faceted human within us all, giving way for a deeper connection with the viewer.