My functional work comes out of my experience and love of teaching wheel throwing. I have been teaching adult wheel throwing classes for three years, and children's classes 6 years. I love watching students overcome the frustration of learning to throw their first pots. I learn from other teachers and other artists, so I can continually tweak my own throwing practice and give students alternatives that work for them. I love teaching, and I develop my forms around what I enjoy demonstrating and teaching.
My recent sculpture series recreates houses in Minneapolis, and then explores the stories and lives within the houses.
Lamps made of the facades of Minneapolis Houses, cut through in pierced pinpricks spread out into constellation formations, back-lit so the light twinkles through. Zodiac sign constellations and other constellations have names and stories and even personal connections to people from Greek stories, and some have other names or stories from American folklore. Constellations are interesting to me as symbols of the stars, and people across far distances who look up at those same stars, and feel connected.
Simple, stark interiors of houses, empty of the objects of daily life.
My book alluvion was featured first in the summer of 2015 on Silver Lake in Silverwood Park on the Floating Library raft project created by Sarah Peters in Minneapolis. Since then, it has traveled with the permanent Floating Library collection to Philadelphia, and displayed in the Vox Populi gallery. Most recently, it was taken to Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles LA Art Book Fair where it was used talk about "the prominence of canoes and canoe culture in Minnesota."