Photo by James Hyde

As a fourth generation southern artist living on Saint Simons Island, my daily work commute consists of walking out the back door, through the garden into a very special place – my slightly skewed studio. I am joined by a host of four-legged “studio assistants” eager to embrace whatever the day has to offer.  Having been a full time ceramic artist since 1997, I am forever passionate about stretching the clay to new extremes as my signature style continues to evolve.

With depictions of plants, animals and human forms united in liberating ways, my art is rooted in and inspired by the natural world. I create both sculptural and functional work using several different hand building techniques and often incorporate found metal and other organic embellishments. I also enjoy playing with preconceived notions by combining incongruous themes within the same piece.

My family’s creative influence has played a huge role in my life and has been a steady source of artistic inspiration. Clay and garden dirt are as imbedded in my soul as in my fingernails. With a rich history of family art decorating our home and gardens, my husband’s mandolin music ringing throughout the house and our daughter in the process of making her own artistic mark, I count myself very fortunate to come from a family whose creativity continues to roll from one generation to the next.

Photo by James Hyde