A born & raised Minnesotan, I now live in Pennsylvania.
Much of my work starts with play. An initial impulse, gesture, or idea grows & may be revealed using various materials. Layers are good. Decades of work w/infants & toddlers informs me & I aspire to use all of my senses.
Natural & human made elements both interest me. Being outside in all kinds of weather encourages my explorations.
All sorts of energy gets expressed in my work: calm, contemplative, playful/joyful, furious, confused, despairing & mournful. I tend to work in extremes-slow, methodic tile pressing or with sculptures- quickly, physically speaking, and sporadically/incrementally time-wise. Experiences & observations emerge. Essentially I'm creating documents.
Some Favorite Tools:
Rocks, fingers & sticks... my Grandma's glass rolling pin, cracked sidewalks & buildings, tree bark, dirt...old nails & found wood.
BFA Studio Arts-Drawing/Painting concentration.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. USA
Pioneer Fund Scholarship for mixed media work.
Glass Artist Assistant to Joseph Becker & Peter Zelle, MN
Jerome Foundation & St John's Pottery Emerging Artist Fellowship (2000), MN
Johanna Kiln Woodfiring with Richard Bresnahan, Collegeville, MN
"Body of Clay, Soul of Fire"* Traveling Exhibition Featuring Art of
Richard Bresnahan, Apprentices & Emerging Artists.
MN, WI & ND. 2001 -2003
*sculpture in book Body of Clay, Soul of Fire by Dr. Mathew Welch.
"The Great Divide" Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL
Juror Bruce Dehnert. Dec 2019-Jan 2020
"Earth Devised: A National Exhibition of Ceramic Art"
Juror Richard "Rick" Nickel, The d"Art Center, Norfolk, VA 2019
"Shapes of Influence" National Ceramic Biennial, Juror Simon Levin.
Springfield Art Association. Springfield, IL 2018
"Contemporary Clay 2018 National" show. Juror Doug Casebeer.
Grand Junction, CO 2018
"HWD" 12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Juror Patrick Mauk.
Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH 2018
"8th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition" Juror Ben Simons.
Corkran and Tubbs Galleries, Rehoboth Art League, DE 2018
"A Celebration of Art & Life", Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 2013, 2014, 2015
Labyrinth Sculpture, Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, PA
Moravian Pottery & Tileworks Tile Festival Artist, Doylestown, PA
"Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Member Show" 2014
The Dreamer Lens cd cover photography collaboration, Chester, PA
"My North Philly" Philadelphia Mural Arts Project, Tile Workshop Facilitator &
Installer in Kensington & Nicetown/Tioga neighborhoods, Philadelphia, PA
"Landscape Exhibition", Painting & Tile Temporary Installation,
Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary Glass Philadelphia (CGP) Grantee. 2002
"Hot Soup CGP Grant Recipient Exhibition" Philadelphia, PA
Chester Springs Studio Woodfire with Jack Troy, PA
Peter's Valley Craft Center, Woodfire Workshop with Janet Mansfield, NJ
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Resident, ME
Manabigama Woodfiring with John Thies & Gloria Kosco, MD
Butterfly Tile Bench- Concrete form with handmade woodfired tiles.
St John's Arboretum Prairie Restoration Project. Collegeville, MN
"Glass Rocks" blown glass forms integrated into stone walls.
Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Ireland