The daughter of a wood-worker and a violist, I grew up in Oakland, California. My father noticed my proclivity for making miniature fruit baskets in my Montessori art class and bought me a few packages of Sculpey® III, thus beginning a life-long career. I went on to study at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where I received a B.A. in Art History and rediscovered ceramics my senior year under the tutelage of Kelly Connole.
After graduating, I attended the summer ceramics program at Alfred University in New York, followed by a year in the post-baccalaureate ceramics program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Between 2011 and 2015, I've worked as an educational assistant at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, taught community classes at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and spent two years working with the wonderful folks at Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics in Ann Arbor. In 2012 I won a residency at John Glick's Plum Tree Pottery and spent two years working beside him in his studio. In the summer of 2014, my husband and I relocated to Washington, D.C, and since then I’ve held a residency at Red Dirt Studio from 2015-2018, taught adjunct at George Washington University from 2015-2016, and as of 2019, I’m a resident artist at White Point Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD, and continue to teach at the Art League School in Alexandria.
In the summer of 2016, I launched my shop Shiny Apple Studio, specializing in enamel pins and integrating my design skillset with pottery and jewelry.
I have a penchant for factory tours and bow-tie pasta, and read Dear Abby daily.