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 permanent collections including among others The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum. Many esteemed private collections also contain pieces, including the Kamm Teapot Foundation – the world’s largest teapot collection.
Pieces have been contributed to over 80 exhibitions and have been represented at some of the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami (Florida), The Salon: Art + Design (NY), SOFA Chicago and The Smithsonian Craft Show. In 2013 Walking with Softer Steps became my first fully 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.