Artist's Statement

The impulse to build seems inherent in our nature. As children, our imagination allows us to view an object as a unit apart from its intended purpose. This often equates to using materials such as wooden blocks, boxes, or other toys to recreate experiences. Throughout our explorations with these forms we encounter faults and failures with which we establish ideas of balance, gravity, and form, testing theories about our physical and social realities. As we age, we find alternate methods of testing these theories, yet the concepts behind them are derivative of our experiences with the unit or block

Our ability to review our faults in order to prevent future mistakes is invaluable, yet so often these former follies are disregarded. With my work I explore my personal connection with the physical and social world in which I exist. I employ imagery from the past in order to form an understanding of the present, combining elements that assume both the rise and fall of hierarchies within a society. The sense of an impending collapse produced by the implied instability of the form creates physical and emotional tension while the children’s block forms act as a symbol of innocence and education; exemplifying the lack of understanding from past mistakes. 

There is the moral of all human tales:
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory—when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast, Hath but ONE page.
-Lord Byron


Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of Kansas 2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of Iowa 2012

Selected Publications/Exhibitions
Objectus, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR 2016
International Cone Box Show, Kansas City, MO 2016
Generations, NCECA, Kansas City, MO 2016
Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN 2016
Decalcomania, Reese Gallery, St. Louis MO 2015
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition 2015, 2013
Building to Fall; Solo MFA Thesis Exhibition 2015
Spain, Mitchell, Threaded. Ceramics: TECHNICAL; Issue 39 Nov. 2014
Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville, OH 2014
IMAGE: A Ceramic Show of Decalcomania 2014
Annual Workhouse Clay National, Lorton, VA 2014, 2013
Yunomi Invitational Exhibition, AKAR Art | Design | Architecture 2013-2016
Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle, By the Ounce: National Juried Exhibition 2013
It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition & Exhibition 2012
The Teapot Redefined, Mobilia Gallery 2012
New Work Artist, AKAR Art | Design | Architecture 2012
Big Fish, Small Pot V International Exhibition, TX 2012
By Any Means Necessary, Solo BFA Exhibition, University of Iowa 2012

Selected Awards
NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Earth/Energy, Houston, TX
> Ceramics Art and Perception Technical Merit Award
> Third Place Overall Graduate
Big Fish, Small Pot International Exhibition
> Honorable Mention
It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition
> Second Place Overall
>Margaret Harlow Collection Purchase Award

Teaching Experience
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas 2012-2015
> Ceramics I + Fundamentals of Ceramics
Peer Mentor, University of Iowa 2011-2012
> Ceramics I