It was finding clay in high school during the late 90's that started me on my career as a maker. I grew up in Aurora, IL attending the near by North Central College for my undergraduate education. There I studied computer science with an intention to get a job programing computer graphics but realizing I yearned for a more tactile medium to express my need to create. I went to my advisor and rearranged my final two years of school to graduate with a double major in computer science and studio art in 2005. It was in my ceramics classes where I began to meet clay artists and learn their stories. I was lured into the life of clay by their stories and accepted a position as artist-in-residence at Terra Incognito in Oak Park, IL in 2006. I spent three years at Terra managing the operations of the clay studio and began to teach wheel throwing classes. I meet many visiting artists there who inspired and influenced me on the way I work in clay. From Terra I went on to graduate school at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. During my time in graduate school I became a member of the local community of wood fire potters and was once again lured deeper into the world of clay. In 2011 I graduated from the MFA program with a concentration in clay and moved back to Aurora with intentions of opening my own home studio. After a year of home renovation, the studio was operational and I began participating in local Art fairs. I also accepted teaching positions at private clay studios and at the local community college where I run the wood firing and alternative kilns class.