After a move from Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2001, I decided to become a clay artist when I drove up to my new home in Elmwood, Tennessee. When I looked at the property there was an out building and I said to my partner, "There is my pottery studio." I had never done any work with clay.
During the move to Tennessee and seeing my future studio, I decided to leave my career in Engineering and become a full-time artist, however that looked.
My adventure started by purchasing a used electric kiln and spending as much time as I had sculpting funny little characters. After awhile, I purchased a pottery wheel and spend two years teaching myself the basics of wheel throwing by looking at books propped up by my wheel. I was doing the unconventional for the love of clay.
In 2006, I began attending the BFA program at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee. I wanted the hands on knowledge, the experience of being around other artists, and most of all, to learn the art of kiln building.
In late spring of 2009, I built Regina Hot Stuff, my soda fired kiln. Together, we explored humanityʼs mystical connection with nature through clay.
After 12 years in Elmwood, my partner and I decided to move to the Pacific Northwest after a trip to Seattle the year prior. We fell in love with the wet ground, moss, and huge trees. We chose Olympia, Washington for the cities usability, arts, openness, and feeling of community.