There are many people I look up to in my life, but being a third-generation artist I found lots of inspiration from my own family. Being around art, I naturally fell into ceramics at a young age and have always found much joy in the creative process of using clay to create something magical from a pile of mud.
I received my BFA in ceramics in 2004 and began exhibiting shortly after in juried exhibitions around the world with some of my favorite being in China and Korea. The success of these exhibits allowed me to gain more confidence in my craft as I continued my exploration of forms that led me to my current body of work. My work now draws inspiration from everything such as growing up in the Soviet Union to the children’s books I read to my own kids. I love to intertwine humor in many of my pieces and see the joy it gives people when they look at my work. I continue to show my work at galleries and outdoor festivals as well as teaching students grades 8-12 and adult night classes.