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    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.  

I teach pottery classes, both wheel throwing and hand building, at two private clay studios.  I also teach the the wood firing and  alternative kilns class at the College of DuPage.


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