I was born and raised in west Tennessee. I have always been interested in the arts so that led me to pursue a degree in art at East Tennessee State University. I was drawn to this University because of the art department’s amazing facilities and the beauty of the Appalachian mountain range within sight of campus.
I was unsure of which medium to focus on until I enrolled in a beginning wheel throwing course. As soon as I sat down at that wheel and put my hands around that simple lump of clay I knew I had found love! I spent a lot of all nighters in the studio for the next three years throwing, glazing, and firing wood, soda, electric, and gas fired kilns. My senior year I helped lead a team to build a soda fired kiln. I went on to receive a full scholarship to study in Tuscany, Italy at the Spannocchia Castello Institute. My classmates and I spent time perfecting our technique and firing an Etruscan style kiln. We also explored the Tuscan region and studied ancient Minoan and Etruscan pottery.
I graduated with my BFA in ceramics in the spring of 2014. After graduation, I worked on an apprenticeship under the direction of Greg Pace, a renowned master potter. He and I built a 65 cubic foot gas firing car kiln that we use to fire our wares in. Under his direction, I learned to calculate glazes and master the crystalline glazing process. I have continued working full time in his studio, Pisgah Hwy Pottery right outside of Asheville, North Carolina at the foot of Mount Pisgah.
You can come by Pisgah Hwy Pottery located at 1792 Pisgah Hwy Candler, NC 28715 to purchase any available work on display and watch me work in the studio. Please call ahead or by appointment at 828-808-7872
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Other Places where you can purchase my work:
Harpeth Art Center and Gallery
462 Hwy 70, Pegram, TN
Market On Oak
262 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC
Mountain Nest Gallery
133 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC
Art & Invention
1106 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
266 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210
Tyler White O'Brien Gallery
307 State St. Greensboro, NC