I am a Ceramic Artist. My work is hand sculpted, wheel thrown, and slab constructed. I work with many different clay bodies including stoneware and raku. Pieces are fired in raku, gas reduction, or electric kilns.
The content of my work regularly involves social commentary. My work spotlights the policing of gender, anti-discrimination laws, Bathroom Bills, and issues addressing the LBGTQ community.
I build the figures in my work from a solid piece of clay. When the clay is leather hard the figure is cut apart, hollowed, then carefully put back together before the details are added.
Being vigorous in socially motivated ceramics projects is an important part of the role I play as an art activist and enables me to engage others in needed conversations about contemporary issues including gender identity, sexuality, class, and prejudices.
My current body of work addresses the issues concerning the LGBTQIA community, the rescinding of rights by the Trump administration and the bathroom laws sweeping the nation that threatens the safety of transgender individuals. I am documenting my own experiences and struggles through sculpture and narrative vessels.
I address things affecting my community making me the subject of my own work. I have become, for better or worse, visible and vulnerable through making and creating ceramic sculptures. I am generating a dialogue about my life, my own narrative, political and social concerns, and through that process I am educating others.
I am currently living in Pittsbugh, PA and am the Studio Manager at Union Project.