I was born in Highland, Michigan. My first connection to clay was in a river located on the property of my Aunt and Uncle’s cottage on the Tittabawassee River in Michigan. I remember the smell of the river clay and its responses; a quickness to drying and cracking.
After high school, with the support of my ceramic and painting instructors, I was awarded a scholarship to work alongside a potter in Germany for a year. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a BFA, I began a year-long apprenticeship with studio potter, John Glick. While in Michigan, I worked as the Ceramics Studio Manager for the Ann Arbor Art Center. I attended Penland School of Crafts with a work-study scholarship. In 2007 I moved to Durham, North Carolina. From 2006 to 2015 I taught a range of course topics including, wheel throwing, hand building, sculpture, and glaze calculation at The Ann Arbor Art Center, The Durham Arts Council, The Pullen Art Center, and Claymakers. Afterward I worked as a gallery assistant for The NC Crafts Gallery in North Carolina. I attended Alfred University's Summer Program and then moved to Phoenix, AZ. I am currently pursuing my graduate studies at Arizona State University.