A born & raised Minnesotan, I now live outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Most of my work starts with play. An initial impulse, gesture or idea grows, changes over time & may get expressed in various materials. Layers are good.
Natural elements & human made environments inspire me. Pushing clay into tree bark or dirt is as exciting as drawing with a found nail, or creating using a chunk of cement.
Energy is a focus in my work. All kinds. Calm, contemplative, playful/joyful, furious, confused, despairing & mournful. I tend to work quickly physically speaking, and sporadically, time-wise. (Due to on-going health concerns, like many people).
What eventually gets revealed are experiences & observations. Documents emerge that I hope promote wonder & convey feelings.
Some Favorite Tools:
Rocks, fingers & sticks for poking... my Grandma's glass rolling pin, local cracked sidewalks, 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.
"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 Bench Construction- Concrete form with handmade woodfired tiles.
St John's Arboretum Prairie Restoration Project. Collegeville, MN
"Glass Rocks" blown forms integrated into stone walls.
Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Ireland
Other Private commissions & installations.
Decades of work with Infants & Toddlers who use ALL their senses, coupled with time outside in all sorts of weather, encourages & informs a lot of my explorations.