"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else." - Georgia O'Keeffe
Nature is delicate, fragile and ever changing. It's those quiet moments in nature that cause us to pause for a moment, reflect a little deeper, look a little closer, explore a little more and breathe a little freer. I aim to bring the beauty of nature into your home with my designs. Whether you sip your morning cup of coffee alone or gather around the table as a family, I hope that my pottery allows you to connect with your special place in nature.
My vessels are thrown on the potter's wheel and carved using the traditional sgraffito technique, which can be dated back to the Middle Ages throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I love using this technique because it connects to the history of ceramics and allows me to combine my drawing skills with pottery. Colored underglazes create the background color on the clay surface in which the designs are individually hand carved into the surface of the clay. The pottery will then dry out before it goes through the bisque firing in an electric kiln. A clear glaze is then applied on top and fired for a second time.
My passion for art began in childhood and carried on into college where I attended Central Connecticut State University and fell in love with clay during my freshman year. I received my bachelors degree in fine art and returned to pursue an art education degree. I dipped my toes back into pottery at a shared studio before I decided to set up my own studio space where Heart Stone Gallery was born in 2015. I currently teach high school art part-time in addition to creating my artwork in my Connecticut home studio which I share with my husband and our cat.