Biography

I am fortunate to make my living as an artist, sharing my visions in a medium to which I feel deeply connected. I currently focus on the design and texture of one-of-a-kind hand-carved trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures carved to look like birch trees and weathered logs.

Works are included in many public collections, including among others the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Mint Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Everson Museum of Art’s world class ceramics collection. Many recognized private collections also contain sculptures including the Kamm Teapot Foundation – the world’s largest teapot collection.

Pieces have been contributed to over 80 exhibitions and have appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, Modern, NICHE, Clay Times, The Crafts Report and Ceramic Art (Taiwan), as well as in 500 Teapots, Volume 2 and other art books. Works have been represented at TEFAF Maastricht, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami, SOFA Chicago and the Smithsonian Craft Show. In 2013 Walking with Softer Steps became my first formally cataloged solo show and was arranged and presented by Jason Jacques Gallery in New York City.

I hold a BA in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. While there and at the school’s London Center I also studied art and architecture history.

After a successful sixteen year corporate marketing career I transitioned to a life in clay. My primary applied art training came in the form of two artist residencies studying with Ah Leon and clay masters in Taiwan.

My influences include the historic Yixing teapots of the 1600s, Japanese wabi sabi philosophy, Asian calligraphy and paintings, L. C. Tiffany glass windows, and of course…birch trees, the angels of the forest.