I will try to speak of the beauty of shapes… They are not beautiful for any particular reason or purpose, as other things are, but are eternally and by their very nature beautiful and give a pleasure of their own quite free from the itch of desire…
Socrates ~ in the Philebus of Plato

Since 1991, when I became a full time studio potter, I have watched my ideas come to life through my work with clay. My pottery begins as wheel thrown and hand-built forms that are altered in various ways to make each pot distinctive and unique. Most pots are wood fired in either my Train kiln or Japanese style anagama to achieve a variety of natural ash and shino-glazed surfaces. The organic shapes and surfaces of my compositions are strongly influenced by my degrees in biology and painting.

My goal as a potter is to communicate my vision through the strength of the form. I work to create beautiful, functional pieces while seeking individual avenues for self-expression. I am not afraid of failure and I experiment continually with new ideas. Always growing through change, I value the unique and the unusual.

I want my creations to be used and enjoyed daily. As someone cradles a tea bowl in their hands or arranges food on a hand thrown platter or creates a flower arrangement in a vase with a natural ash surface, I like to think that I touch them in some way. I hope they are encouraged to rejoice in the world around them and to see that world imaged and celebrated in the shape of a simple pot.

Production Crafts Clay Program - Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC
BFA in Painting - Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
BS in Biology - Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

La Borne l'amour du feu (Love of Fire)
International invitational wood fire collaboration in La Borne,
France with 19 invited potters from Asia, Australia, Europe, and
North America. September 20 - October 11, 2010.
International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT), Tokoname,

Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Board Member
American Craft Council
Piedmont Craftsmen Inc.
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Transylvania County Arts Council –Past Board Member

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Arkansas Art Center Museum, Little Rock AR
Tokoname Museum Collection, Tokoname, Japan
Icheon World Ceramic Center Museum, Gwango-Dong, South Korea
Kasper-Hansen Ceramic Collection
Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Grant

Soft Beauty of Traditional Shinos: Momoyama Era, Concord University, Athens, WV, August 2009 and travelling to The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Bridgemont Community and Technical College, Montgomery , WV.
Wood-Fired Clay From the NC Mountains, Hand in Hand Gallery, Flat Rock, NC, October 2008
Architectural Echoes in Clay An International wood fire exhibition in conjunction with Nina Hole residency sponsored by Center for Craft Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC. Exhibit at CCCD and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, September 2006

Feats of Clay XIX - Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA, April 2006
Blue Ridge Fine Craft Exhibition - Transylvania County Arts Council (TCARTS),
Brevard, NC, September, 2006 (Juried with Gabe Cyr)

European International Wood Fire Conference, Brollin, Germany,
September 2-5, 2010. Topics: Historic Groundhog Kilns of NC and
Train Kilns: The Pollution Solution for Wood Firing
International Wood Fire Conference, Flagstaff, AZ. Topic: The Train Kiln
International Wood Fire Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA. Topic: Women in Wood

Signature Shop - Atlanta, GA
Blue Spiral I – Asheville, NC
Weyrich Gallery - Albuquerque, NM
AKAR - Iowa City, IA

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD
University of Arkansas Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Surry Community College, Dobson, NC
Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Appomattox, VA
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, Asheville, NC
Concord University, Athens, WV
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Mudfire Pottery Studios, Decatur, GA
Wood Fire Workshop, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA
Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Touchstone Center for Arts, Farmington, PA
Rerun Gallery, Yamomoto, Japan
Wood firing for Haywood Community College
Claymatters, Tryon Place, Charlotte, NC
Ceramic Guild, Scope – Torpedo Factory, Washington, DC
Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN

The Elusive Teabowl, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, Curated by Jeff Shapiro
Wood Fire Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, La Borne, France
Wood Fired Teabowl Show, Roswell Art Center West Gallery, Roswell, GA, Curated by James Davis
Coe College Exhibition, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
30 x 5 Invitational Show, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Studio Potter Invitational, Trace Gallery, Athens, GA
2010 Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Two Person Show with John Dix, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
Wood Fire Exhibition, Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Handmade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture &
Design Expo, NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC
Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Wood-Fired Clay, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
Form Follows Function or Does It?, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Ron Meyers 75th Birthday Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
"Pottery Line-Up", Perspectives 2009 Georgia Pottery Invitational, Oconee
Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Mudfire - Mug Shots, Mudfire Pottery Center, Decatur, GA
Mint Museum Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Artists of Scenic 276, Transylvania Community Arts Council, Brevard, NC
Birth of A Notion, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA
20 Below - 32 Above, Rolland Dille Gallery, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Exhibit with Akira Satake, Barbara Zaretsky, and Brian Boggs, Asheville
Arts Council, Asheville, NC
Two Person Show, Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Simple Cup 2008 Invitational, Seward Park Clay Studio and KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
Japanese Threads, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (NCECA)
Table of Elements, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, (NCECA)
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Women's Voices: Different Approaches to Atmospheric Kilns, Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, GA
Infusion 10 x 10 - 11th Biennial Teapot Invitational Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO
Painting with Fire:Wood Fired Ceramics, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
American Masters 2008 Invitational, Mudfire Clayworks Gallery, Decatur, GA
45 Years of Inspired Design, Sawtooth Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC and traveling to Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC
National Teapot Show Invitational, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC
Mint Museum Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Blue Spiral I Invitational, Asheville, NC
Design Gallery Cup Show, The Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
Potter's Market Invitational, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Piedmont Craftsmen Fair, Winston-Salem, NC
American Craft Council Shows, Atlanta (Merit Award), Baltimore, Charlotte,
Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL (First Place Clay)
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

500 Plates and Chargers, Lark Books
500 Cups, Lark Books
500 Pitchers, Lark Books
Ceramics Technical, Issue 29, December 2009
Ceramics Monthly, Summer 2004
Studio Potter, Summer Issue, 2002
The Log Book, August, 2002
American Shino: The Glaze of a Thousand Faces, Published in 2001 by Babcock Galleries, New York, NY, 2001
Ceramics Monthly, September 1998

Smoky Mountain Living, Summer 2004
Clay Times, Cover and article, November/December 2003
The Discovery Channel, Home Matters Show
Transylvania County Arts Council’s evening conversation series, Artspeak, 2003