I am a maker.
At the moment I am in Texas, filling my days as an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and teaching ceramics at both the Glassell School of Art and Houston Community College. This past summer I was a member of the studio staff at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. I received my BFA from Buffalo State College in 2008, and completed my MFA at Kansas State University in 2011.
I have spent most of my life in the rural parts of western New York State, and my permanent residence is an old barn that I share with my husband and son, nine miles from the closest town. At various points in my life I have raised dairy goats, served as my town historian, made the rounds of the craft fair circuit, waited tables, was part of a local theatre troupe and ran an organic food co-op.
I am an organizer and community builder, and enjoy the processes of bringing people, ideas, and opportunities together to create a greater whole. This has lead to my involvement with community arts organizations that include the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Kansas Arts for Japan and many others. Small gestures do make a difference, and lead to larger opportunities.