I swore off clay in high school after an unsuccessful project fell apart. I went to college with the intention of earning a “practical” degree in graphic design. That quickly wore off when I saw the ceramics class working on the pottery wheel. With the help of a Three-Dimensional Design professor, I realized I was not a 2D artist and I was best left to draw with clay. Thanks to this beginning at a community college I went on to earn my B.A. from Cleveland State University. I earned my M.F.A. in ceramics from Kent State University in 2006.
With this degree I had high hopes of becoming a college professor. After five years of lackluster results, dwindling job opportunities and playing the art networking game I decided to take that energy and focus on my own artwork. In one short year I became a working, self-employed artist. The studio I established in the Screw Factory/Lake Erie Building in 2008 expanded across the hall into my own classroom. I am now able to create awareness of the ceramic arts through classes, workshops and open studios. Students can work in the classroom without having to invest in the expensive equipment necessary for this medium. Most importantly I realized that by working with interns and aspiring graduate students, I finally was teaching college.
I sell my work locally through galleries and my studio in Lakewood, Ohio and nationally through Etsy and my Big Cartel shop. My dinnerware collections are currently featured on the Uncommon Goods website and in their Fall 2013 catalog.
My work: I strive to make well-crafted functional wares for the home and table. The two places that make me the happiest are the studio and the kitchen. I love to cook and more importantly I love to eat. With these two loves in mind, I create work that enhances the joys of cooking and dining.
My inspiration for surface decoration tends to be all over the place. I am heavily influenced by the textures and colors in nature. I have trouble committing to one style, pattern or color. The idea of restricting myself is never an option. I want to make objects that make your home happier.
Process: I wheel throw and hand build all of my pieces with the exception of about 5% of my work. I am beginning to use molds for items like candles. My pieces are hand carved and glazed. I work in both stoneware and porcelain. I fire in an electric kiln to a cone 04 bisque and a cone 5 glaze. All of my work is dishwasher, microwave and food safe.
Photo Credit: Deborah Pinter