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About Musical Ceramics

While in college, I realized the how many artists are out there making and selling pots (so many!). Needing to find a way to assert myself in the ceramics community, I turned to my love of music for inspiration. My college career culminated in a large collection of various ceramic musical instruments, and I continued making those after I graduated. Of course, after about six months of that, I began to really miss making functional pottery. So I went about finding a way to combine the two: musical instruments and functional pots. My favorite solution was the flute handle, which has become the key component and identifying characteristic to most of my work. I'm still making a few pieces that are only musical and experimenting on that front, and I'm constantly coming up with new ways to incorporate music into functional pots.

For the first year or so after I started making musical ceramics, I was focused mainly on the musical components and less on the design factor. Towards the end of 2015, I was feeling very unhappy with my work because I felt that if I took away the musical parts, all that would be left is mediocre pottery. So I set about changing that. At that time, I had been using stoneware and fairly typical glazes. I switched to porcelain and just one white glaze. I mixed colorants into slip and did lots of testing to come up with several colors for the bottoms of my pots that would react with the glaze to create a different color in the overlap. I came up with all new designs and added slip trailing to them. Now, I have a whole new product that I am happy with, both as ceramic art and as a musical instrument. 

I've decided to add more non-musical pieces to my inventory with similar designs to the musical ones. You'll be seeing those on the site soon! 

 

About the Artist

I grew up in Monroeville, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. In December of 2014, I graduated from Mercyhurst University with my BFA in Studio Art. I applied to graduate school for ceramics and was promptly rejected by every program I applied to. Once I realized my work was definitely not grad-school-ready, I buckled down in the studio to improve it!

At that time I was working out of a communal studio at Union Project in Pittsburgh, and I picked up a job at a call center to pay the bills. I was given an emerging artist scholarship for a booth at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, a Pittsburgh classic, so I left my job at the call center after only a couple of months (thankfully!) to prepare for the show. The festival went extremely well, and from there I was kind of thrown into the arts festival scene. Now, I travel all over to sell my work! I decided to start writing about my travel experiences, so you can check that out on my blog page. 

In January 2016, I outgrew Union Project and moved to my own studio space in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. I'm a member of Radiant Hall, an wonderful resource for Pittsburgh artists that I was incredibly fortunate to find. 

I live in Pittsburgh, where I love to explore the parks and the food scene. My family lives nearby, so I get to enjoy their food, company, and dogs often. I play the saxophone, guitar, and ukulele, and I write and sing my own music for fun. I have a lovely dog named Sadie, and I spend every minute with her I can!