Upon earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics in 2000 from Northern Michigan University, I participated in an apprenticeship position at John Glick’s Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, MI.  I then experienced a residency in the village of Dan Kwian, Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand at Umdang Ceramics.  I have worked to bring ceramics to the lives of others as an AmeriCorps youth mentor at the McCarthy Alternative Education Center in Crescent City, CA as well as working for four summers in ceramics at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.  A functional potter and avid trout fisherperson, I was fortunate to be a Clay Business intern at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana for two years. I was a post baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in ceramics before beginning graduate school at Ohio University.  During grad school I participated in the International Workshop for the Ceramic Arts at Tokoname, in Tokoname, Japan in 2008.  I completed my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics at Ohio University in June of 2010 with my thesis exhibition The Elaboratous. I was a member of the Visual Arts Faculty in Ceramics the following summer at Interlochen. My undergraduate teaching experience includes a graduate teaching assistantship at OU as well as being a one year Lecturer of Art at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.  Currently, I teach Ceramics and 3D design as Assistant Professor of Practice for the University of Nebraska Lincoln.