I feel my role in this world community is to make things that reflect our cultures needs, habits and rituals. My work is made from stoneware and sometimes porcelain pottery. It is high fired in reduction atmosphere in a natural gas kiln. I use the potter's wheel and a slab roller to construct my pieces. There are several layers of slips, glaze and wax used to decorate my creations with contemporary yet timeless designs. Also, I use sumi brushes to create whimsical scenes of nature on some of my work. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1995 with a BA in Art emphasis in ceramics and sculpture and also a BA in Liberal Arts. In 1997 I apprenticed at Eckel's Pottery in Bayfield, WI. Shortly after I luckily stumbled into Banner Oak Pottery in New London, MN where I was able to sharpen my skills and work alongside some of the best potters in the world. I also did production work intermittently for Rockhard Stoneware in Champlin, MN with some ridiculously talented artists and Caradori Pottery in Eau Claire WI with David Caradori who is a master potter and chef. I have been self-employed making my living entirely off of pottery since 1998. I enjoy the usefulness of the ceramic object. Pieces that work well in our hands and in our kitchens. Entertaining our tactile and visual senses and also our families and friends with service. Pieces should be fun to use and fun to look at and proud to give.