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About the Artist

In many ways, my work is simply about honoring the magnificence of wild animals on our shared planet. From an early age, I fostered respect and admiration for the natural world by growing up on my family’s farm in Southeastern VA where I continue to live and work in my studio. Within my ceramics vocation, I sculpt realistic animals that correspond with vessels and altered forms. Each animal is presented in gestures of significance and integrity, aiming to invoke an introspective response while the corresponding vessel serves as a stage and invites human interaction. An example of this dynamic is the "Asian Elephant Censer," the elephant is expressive and sits regally atop an ornate vessel, yet the lid lifts off, encouraging the viewer to wrap their hands around the elephant's body. Using porcelain and stoneware, each piece is wheel-thrown, altered, sculpted, and carved. Firing in both electric and wood kilns, I attempt to accentuate qualities of preciousness through glaze application or spontaneity of ash and flame. Lives and works in Cologne, VA.

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Asian Elephant Censer
Porcelain and White Stoneware
6" x 10.5" x 3.5"
2020
Wheel thrown porcelain vessel is altered and pierced. The Elephant is sculpted and carved using white stoneware. Glazed with oxides, microcrystalline, and ash glazes, then fired in oxidation to cone 6. 

Flight
White Stoneware
7" x 17.5" x 7"
2020
Wheel thrown white stoneware, altered, sculpted, and carved. Painted and sprayed with oxides and glazes. Fired in oxidation to 2200 degrees.

Hare and Sea Turtle Perfume Bottles
Porcelain and Stoneware
2" x 6" x 2"
2020
Wheel-thrown porcelain bottles with hand-sculpted and carved animal stoppers. Painted and sprayed with multiple glazes then fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

Asian Elephant Censer
Porcelain and White Stoneware
6" x 10.5" x 3.5"
2020
Wheel thrown porcelain vessel is altered and pierced. The Elephant is sculpted and carved using white stoneware. Glazed with oxides, microcrystalline, and ash glazes, then fired in oxidation to cone 6. 

Flight
White Stoneware
7" x 17.5" x 7"
2020
Wheel thrown white stoneware, altered, sculpted, and carved. Painted and sprayed with oxides and glazes. Fired in oxidation to 2200 degrees.

Hare and Sea Turtle Perfume Bottles
Porcelain and Stoneware
2" x 6" x 2"
2020
Wheel-thrown porcelain bottles with hand-sculpted and carved animal stoppers. Painted and sprayed with multiple glazes then fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

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