There's always something rolling around in my head and it's finding its way out to the world through pottery. My slightly bent sense of humor, strong sense of justice, and deep desire to empower people show through the rich textural surfaces of the pottery inviting you to smile and touch.
One of the most exciting things to me is crafting items that truly function and make your life more enjoyable. If the coffee cup dribbles and ruins your favorite comfy shirt, what is the point? Good design and craftsmanship are as important as the surface decoration. I love the entire process.
Throughout the years, I've done a little bit of everything and a whole lot of some other things. My formal training is in graphic design but my explorations have ventured into printmaking, textiles, writing knitting patterns, painting, jewelry making and a whole slew of other crafts that have honed my attention to detail. On top of all that, I spent nearly 25 years in corporate retail with the main bulk of that in retail merchandising, store design and as a regional director for a midwestern department store.
Never in my life have I loved a job more than making pottery. It is immensely satisfying knowing that the time I've spent crafting a latte mug that will travel to your home, will be appreciated and enjoyed for years, if not generations.
Starting in Ohio, I now live in the lakes region of Northeast Indiana with my amazingly supportive and funny husband, Christopher Prowse, and our two studio kitties Elliott Bean and Ruby Willow Pierce.
To create the surfaces that resemble a linoleum or woodcut print, I use the traditional sgraffito technique. Before firing, the surface is covered with a colored slip then I use a variety of ribbon tools to free-hand carve each design into the surface, revealing the white stoneware beneath the color. The pots are then fired to Cone 6 for durability and function.
Growing up in a creative family, I was sewing at age two and attending classes at the Toledo Museum of Art at age four. I have explored the arts from childhood without pause. With over twenty-five years of working as a studio artist as well as a variety of apprenticeships and studio assistantships, I have grown into a satisfying life of art, adapting techniques to fit my personal style.