Exhibition Dates: February 11 – April 1
“Growing up in a family of artists has taught me to appreciate the handmade object. My parents both worked in clay when I was very young. I grew up using their pottery in the home and it inherently became something of great importance. I am interested in not only the nostalgia of ceramics, but also of clay as a material of expression. In college I wanted to further my knowledge of clay so I spent most free hours of the day in the studio, attending workshops and working for different potters. By surrounding myself in this atmosphere I was able to further support my passion.
I find a great sense of pride in being a potter because I can carry on the tradition of working with clay while expressing my love for handmade ceramics. I believe that crafting well made objects holds a deep meaning to those working with their hands. We rely on the material to translate an inner language. It is a language of patience, diligence, contemplation and expression. I want my work to communicate these ideas, as well as, speak of the sensualness of clay as a material. My concentration rests on making utilitarian forms that which holds the users attention, even if for a moment.
In 2002 I received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of North Carolina in Asheville. After completing college I began working in my own studio, ‘Stamps Pottery’. I received several artist grants to help with the purchase of studio equipment. My work cycle revolves around exhibiting in retail and wholesale shows, online gallery sales and commissions.”