I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin where I developed a love and respect for the natural world.
My time growing up was split between my enjoyment of nature and a variety of creative pursuits. I began my formal arts education in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
After two years and developing a strong design foundation to build upon, I transferred to the Museum School in Boston where I received my BFA. The Museum school is a multidisciplinary school where I had the good fortune to study everything from photography and printmaking to steel sculpture and papermaking. My work at this time took the form of large-scale multimedia environmental sculpture that explored the relationship between humankind and the natural environment. I continued my exploration of this work in Graduate school at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
After Grad school I began questioning both the practicality and accessibility of such large-scale sculpture. I began to move back to object making, utilizing the skills and language I had developed in my large-scale work. I became fascinated by the work of earlier cultures that created beautiful functional objects that were imbued with symbolism and meaning. I began to feel that it was more meaningful for my work to be a functional part of a home than to be displayed only in museums and art spaces.