Active since 2001
The preservation of a disappearing landscape through imagery on functional pottery is the reason I create. Inspired conceptually by the regionalist painters of the early 20th century who sought to document the rural landscapes of America, I see myself as a modern day Regionalist working with clay. I make pottery decorated with the landscapes, flora, and fauna of Minnesota. This region is being vastly altered by commercial development and urban sprawl, forever changing its natural character. My hope is that the daily use of my pots will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us.
The pots are created from stoneware and often altered in the wet stage, then fired in a reduction gas or soda kiln. This firing process not only creates a very durable object, it imbues the work with great variation and depth, creating a natural and mysterious surface of a warm and earthy palette. The imagery is created from a combination of slips, stains and glazes. I primarily use ash glazes, because the main ingredient comes from the landscape I am drawing inspiration.
B.F.A., College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, , 2008
2011-present Ceramics 101, St. Paul Community Education, St. Paul, MN.
2009-present Ceramics Instructor, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.
2008-2013 Outreach Instructor, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.
2012 Salt-Firing Workshop, College of St. Benedict, St. Joe, MN
2011-2015 Veterans in the Arts Instructor, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.
2011 Woodfiring Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
2008 Teaching Assistantship-Ursula Hargens, Introduction to Ceramics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
2004 Ceramic Instructor, Great River Arts Association, Little Falls, MN.
2008-present, Professional Studio Potter, Matthew Krousey Ceramics
2010-2015, Sales Gallery Assistant, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003-2012, Supply Specialist (Sergeant, E-5), Minnesota Army National Guard, MN
2007-2009, Junior Ceramic Technician, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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