I am an American ceramic artist shaped by global sites and nuances. Regardless of the location of my home, my environment is always reflected in my work. Largely self-taught, I began my path as an artist nearly two decades ago while living in New York City. There, I sought a creative outlet away from the pressures of my career as an educator in the inner-city public schools. The ceramic work I created in the studio spoke to my existence in an urban world — vases mimicked the skyscrapers that soared above and tiles characterized the streets below.
My latest work, industrial silkscreen prints on clay, reflects the landscape of my new home, Newcastle. It is also inspired by earlier travels. I first started photographing industrial ports while my family and I lived for a year in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Australia in 2009. During this time I did not have access to a pottery studio but instead pursued my love of photography. I was intensely intrigued and inspired by the symbols of industry that graced the harbours of our destinations and I took hundreds of photos of cranes, ships, and containers. I then, while living in Raleigh, North Carolina, spent much of my studio time for the next few years reprinting those images onto clay.
In 2014, my husband Kevin was offered a position at the University of Newcastle. We made the decision to return to Australia, this time more permanently. We sold our home and cars — I said good-bye to my kilns and glazes — and loaded our belongings onto a shipping container bound for Sydney. With more than 10 years’ pottery experience in the United States, I was thrilled to be translating my career into a new environment.
For almost three years following our arrival in Newcastle, I operated a shopfront called potteryali, on the Hunter Mall. The shop afforded me the time and space to become acclimatised to Newcastle and to create a body of work that reflected this new location of mine. I silkscreen-printed the stark and symmetrical lines of coal loaders and silos I saw from my shop window in order to record and represent the visual and historical landscape of Newcastle and celebrated my surroundings through a range of Newacstle inspired stamps and textures.
I currently operate out of a lovely and brightly lit pottery studio in Hamilton where I have been focusing on custom tile installations and returning to my roots as an educator by offering a range of workshops for adults and children. I continue to sell my jewellery and homewares through a number of local shops and galleries or by appointment in my studio.