I took this photo one icy spring day at Little Grand Canyon.
I first discovered the art of ceramics when I was a very young, firing in the household oven and "glazing" with paints. By no means did I fall in love with ceramics at this point. I explored every form of craft and art I could get my hands on. As a child I also fell in love with nature, traveling to southern Illinois for family vacations. I was able to really jump into both of these after moving to Carbondale, Illinois. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in both Ceramics and Graphic Design. I also received a minor in Art History. Now our cottage and my artist's studio are nestled in Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. I find my inspiration from the nature all around me. I use a lot of animal, insect and floral imagery in my work. I also tend to work with small, detailed items. I am amazed by all of the very small textured, patterns and details that make up the larger beauty of the world around me. I love working in my small, rustic studio. Occasionally I listen to music while I work, however most days I enjoy the company of the sounds of nature, and the small bird that likes to sit at the top of my door and watch me work. You can follow me on Facebook where I post a lot of my new projects, inspirations and work-in-progress photos that I take while I work in my studio.
To Inspire Others
I love what I do. I can only hope that you find your own inspiration from my work. Maybe it's to decorate your home, office, wedding or dinner party just the way you imagine. Or perhaps find the inspiration to create your own work. A customer once told me that she uses a set of my miniature dishes when she creates her watercolor paintings. Another uses one when soldering metals. Perhaps you will be inspired to design a custom gift for that special person in your life. You can find my customizable items in my Etsy shop. If my items offer you ideas for opportunities in your unique brick and mortar shop, be sure to check out my wholesale and consignment terms.
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