I am a functional potter living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I studied ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where I received a bachelors degree in fine art with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in k-12 art education. After college, I moved to Chicago, Illinois where I taught visual art at an inner-city school and worked as a resident artist. After two years of living in Chicago, I moved to Busan, South Korea with my husband and taught English at a public middle school while working as a resident artist at the Busan National University of Education. After my husband and I left South Korea, we traveled around south east Asia and Central America until we decided to settle in Denver, Colorado. For 12 years, I worked as a high school sculpture teacher and professional artist in southwest Denver before moving back to Michigan to be nearer to our roots. We currently are living between Michigan and Nicaragua where we run an arts and Spanish integration program called Craft for Community. Craftforcommunity.org
About the work
JLC Pottery was started in the summer of 2014. My work decided to take a turn to a simple yet tactile direction that yearns to be touched. Each piece is thought through and addressed with texture, pattern or imagery that speaks to specific moments throughout one's day. I hope that JLC pottery will add pleasure to a simple moment such as drinking morning coffee and placing a teabag into a small dish or picking a specific piece of fruit out of a large bowl that sits on your counter. Each piece of pottery is designed for everyday use and appreciation while you run your fingers over the altered rim of a soup bowl or fondle the texture dots on the outside of a mug.
I have always been drawn to clay. From the time I took my first ceramics class at the age of 10, I knew that I was hooked. There is something special about holding a handmade object and knowing that someone put time, effort and care into making it just right. Manufactured goods can have design, but they do not have the soul of a handmade thing. I wish for all of my pieces to find a home where their imperfections and uniqueness is appreciated.