I grew up in a small town in the Mississippi Delta and was introduced to art at a very young age. I’ve worked in a variety of media including drawing and painting, printmaking, stained glass, jewelry making, and finally settled permanently into figurative clay sculpture. In 1999, I started taking classes in ceramics at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, I studied hand-building, wheel-throwing and figure sculpting every semester for about eight years. For three semesters, I also worked as a work-study assistant and was responsible for mixing glazes and loading and firing the kilns, etc.
My education in ceramics has included a variety of workshops and seminars over the years. I have been fortunate to have studied under several notable ceramists including Tip Toland, Margaret Bohls, and Suze Lindsay at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I have also participated in workshops led by Tom Bartel at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina and Jenny Mendes, Debra Fritts, Susan Beiner, and Lisa Claque at Mudfire in Atlanta, Georgia. I also had the experience of attending two important symposiums including the 2014 “Figurative Association: The Human Form Symposium” at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as well as the 2012 Alabama Clay Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. From 2006 to 2008, I studied figure sculpting at CherryLion Sculpture Studio in Atlanta, Georgia under the direction of Martin Dawe. I also studied under Glenn Dair, Diane Kempler, Bill Nixon, and others at Callanwolde from 1999 to 2007.
While working full time, I studied drawing and painting at GSU and completed the equivalent of a minor. My formal education includes an undergraduate degree in English and French from Delta State University and my graduate degree is in Instructional Technology (with honors) from Georgia State University.
In 2016, I was recognized as a Fulton County Distinguished Fellow with a three-week residency, including stipend, at The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. In 2015, I received a first place award at “America’s ClayFest III” at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA. I received a second place award in 2014 during “The Schwa Show” at the Pitt County Arts Council in Greenville, NC. In 2012, I also received a juror’s award during the “On the Threshold” exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA.