Over the course of the next several years I worked for renowned regional artists such as Barry Rose, Lonnie Hanzon, Sean Brown, Peggy Crago and Kristen Olsen. During this time I learned about the business of art ranging from public pieces and galleries to festivals and wholesale work. Since which time, my work has evolved from large handled teapots to a focus on 2-sided graphic vases. During this time my work has shown in many galleries and festivals, and I've progressively found my true voice through ceramics.
In 2005 I was accepted to several regional and national shows for my sculptural and functional vases. That year I was also proud to be included in an event showcasing Metro alumni. In addition, I was accepted to the Foothills Art Center Gift Shop in Golden that has proven to be a very successful partnership. In 2006 I had a piece in the Art Students League of Denver "Face It!" Exhibit and continued to focus on vases. I was also excited to return to the 2007 Downtown Denver Arts Festival last year. While the last few years have proven to be very productive, 2008 promises to be even more rewarding and challenging and I look forward to the journey!
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"The process of making art in ceramics contains hidden surprises that continue to open doors to my inspiration and keep me drawn to the work.
Ceramics is a tactile process that takes time and patience to produce a finished piece. Having my hands around a slab of clay always makes me content. When a pot goes into the kiln any number of reactions can occur. It's my partnership with the unknowable that makes a pot turn out exactly the way it does, always a bit of a surprise.
Since my first series of functional teapots, I have explored lidded vessels, rocking vessels, plain intersecting handles and now two sided vases.
The vases combine two to three geometric shapes, but are left organic. Many of the vases receive a carved texture as well as pattern and design. I may choose to repeat the shape of the vase or carve a complimentary geometric design on the surface. Many times I will choose one pattern for one side of a vase and a different design for the remaining side, resulting in my vases being reversible. The combination of graphic shape, design, and color in my work gives it a playful, art deco style.
The process of this media always has something new to offer, and it is this aspect of the art that attracts me, and broadens my awareness."