NATIVE NEW ORLEANIAN CURRENTLY LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS.
FIRST WORKED WITH CLAY AT UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
MOVED TO NYC 1999 AFTER MEETING LEGENDARY TAP DANCER JAMES BUSTER BROWN
FIRST LARGE SCULPTURE CREATED IN 1995.
IT SANK IN 2005--HURRICANE KATRINA
OTHER COLLEGE SCULPTURES ALSO RUINED IN KATRINA
HANDBUILDING SCULPTURE- STUDIED WITH MARK LEUDERS, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 1995
WHEELTHROWING LEARNED AT UNION SQUARE CERAMICS CENTER WITH LARRY STERN 2002-2003
GLAZE CHEMISTRY STUDIES WITH PETER LANE, GREENWICH HOUSE POTTERY 2001
-2001- FIRST LAMP CREATED. FIRST GLAZE CREATED.
-2002-2008- THROWING BOWLS, VASES, AND LAMPS
-2008-2011-MOVED TO BERLIN. -TOOK A BREAK. MADE BEADED NECKLACE AND ONE BEAUTIFUL VASE THERE.
-2011-PRESENT- COMBINATION OF WHEEL THROWING AND CONSTRUCTING SCULPTURAL FORMS. EXPLORING ART OBJECTS. LEARNING WOOD FIRE PROCESS.
Lately, I have been painting with watercolors, something I have not done since a child. I am using my grandmother's paints. Her paints were basically all she had left after the levees failed and Hurricane Katrina flooded her house up to the ceiling. These paints were not in the house luckily. I've received a lot of positive feedback and sold several already, and I will continue on this path, while also creating ceramic art.
Working with clay is a passion of mine that also keeps me very well grounded.
Using the wheel is meditative. The wet clay is extremely responsive to one's energy, so using it requires an extreme focus. One must be fully present and peaceful, or things will spin out of control.
Handbuilding sculptural forms is a great challenge that I thoroughly enjoy. Exploring forms comes first, then I focus on altering the surface of the form, applying textures, making holes and occasionally applying glazing.
I participate in the wood firing process. It is great fun to stoke the kiln and learn the process of this ancient form of firing. There is a 4 day firing process of constantly feeding wood into the kiln, monitoring temps and slowly reaching the peak temperature of almost 2400 degrees Fahrenheit and sustaining that temperature. Then all openings to the kiln are shut off and it is allowed to cool, which takes about 10 days. Kiln Opening day is very exciting, because the way the flying ash affects the clay pieces is always a big surprise.
I am also an Architectural/Interior Designer, so occasionally I make a piece that is a prototype for a possible product. I also make ceramic objects that can be hung on the wall, in addition to making functional pottery and large freestanding sculptures.
b. 1977, NEW OREANS, LOUISIANA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY