Clay came to life for me while working in the studio of a family friend During my last two years of high school. The space provided a limitless opportunity to try the medium in fun and exciting ways. I travelled abroad and within the u.s. and witnessed the diversity and beauty within the field of ceramics. I began my undergrad at umass amherst in 1996 and completed my thesis in 2000 with a major in Ceramics and a minor in African Studies.
upon graduation I moved north and opened a grant funded grass roots clay studio in downtown Bristol, Vermont. I renovated the space, found equipment, and ran the studio as the artist in residence for two years. I then apprenticed with a production potter before opening my own studio at home. I also taught private studio classes and did several artist in residencies. At that time, my work was very much about growth and development: trying many new things and learning to be a solid teacher in the field. I was exposed to a lot at that time and am very grateful.
These years were valuable in experiencing what it means to run a craft business.
The past few years have been epic for me and my work has taken on new meaning. I began printing antique handmade lace that was given to me by my mother. I am fascinated by this traditional arts and crafts form and how it fits into our world today. I have found it my purpose to give the lace new life and a new story. My lace collection is growing and I find it INTRIGUING and grounding to work with in combination with clay. I have begun using text in my work using antique typeset letters as well. I include what I call “pause words”- words that allow us a moment to reflect and accept. I am passionate about my current work, as it truly is a reflection of the flow I am in while working in my studio. My work is deeply connected to my love of nature, as well as my own spiritual awareness. I am working to preserve a timelessness that is within the creative process, a Mindful reflection that we can heal through the making of art.
I am currently studying for my masters in art therapy. I come to the field of art therapy with my own life experience, yet also with gratitude and humility. I am eager to learn to become a healer, as well as to continue the path of self-awareness that goes along with this special field of THERAPY. I am now a graduate student at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. My years of being a working artist have fostered my confidence and excitement within various artistic modalities, and I am looking forward to combining that with my own life experience AS an Art Therapist. In order to foster the development of myself as an art therapist I continually attend to the creative flow within my own vision.
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