I, like most people, started making and creating as a young child. The only difference is that I never stopped. Even while getting my business degree at the University of Colorado Boulder and juggling my job as a waitress, I was addicted to making things in my spare time. No matter what it was, I would find an excuse: a new apartment warranted glass cutting and electrical wiring to create a lamp out of an old bottle; a date provided an excuse to make a new pair of earrings out of collected rocks; a shower the reason to make soap. Opportunities were endless and I was enthusiastic.
In 2011 I left the Wild West and relocated to the East Coast. Initially it was a short-term move. I had worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years and the restaurant scene in Portland was booming, so it seemed like a fun place to be for a few years. But life tends to work out in ways you never expected. First the ocean hooked me, then I signed up for a pottery class, and next found a job as an assistant to a local artist – all which kept me here just long enough to fall in love with a Mainer. Nine years later and I am still here, living and working out of my art studio in an old farmhouse on the shores of the Kennebec River. I am beyond lucky to have stumbled into such a welcoming and creative community, and have now been a part of the Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans for two years.
While not formally trained in art, experience has been my teacher. It has not always been kind to me, but it has been honest. They say art is self-discovery. I have learned two very important things about myself through making art. The first is how much I smile. Smiling has always been a way for me to break down barriers and also as a reminder to enjoy the little things. So it comes as no surprise that my work tends to make people smile. The second – I anthropomorphize. Everything. My favorite movie as a child was The Brave Little Toaster. More often than not I find myself attaching a hand on a mug in place of a handle, or sculpting feet on the foot of my bowl. Right now ceramics is my primary medium; but I am happy as long as I am making.
Our Products Are Available At The Locations Below
Maine Craft Association - Portland, Maine
The Rock and Art Shop - Bangor, Maine
3S Artspace - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Gingham - Yarmouth, Maine