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I am a part-time Seattle potter, working in the Fremont/Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle where I rent studio space from Clayworks. On the days I'm not working in Interventional Radiology at a local hospital, I'm usually found at the studio, throwing on the wheel or at home, glazing plates on my back patio. If I have other spare time you can find me hiking the North Cascades, traveling the world in search of textiles with my husband, or volunteering at a local goat rescue farm.

I love making pieces that people plan to use every day - for that luxurious morning cup of coffee, to the carefully cooked dinner in the evening. I make every piece myself from start to finish, and my husband is a huge help around the studio with things like recycling clay, building displays, and helping with shelving and shipping. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and then glazed by hand, then…

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I am a part-time Seattle potter, working in the Fremont/Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle where I rent studio space from Clayworks. On the days I'm not working in Interventional Radiology at a local hospital, I'm usually found at the studio, throwing on the wheel or at home, glazing plates on my back patio. If I have other spare time you can find me hiking the North Cascades, traveling the world in search of textiles with my husband, or volunteering at a local goat rescue farm.

I love making pieces that people plan to use every day - for that luxurious morning cup of coffee, to the carefully cooked dinner in the evening. I make every piece myself from start to finish, and my husband is a huge help around the studio with things like recycling clay, building displays, and helping with shelving and shipping. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and then glazed by hand, then fired to cone 4.

My designs are applied to the bisqueware using latex and vinyl resist materials, then each piece is dipped or brush-glazed. I look for pattern inspiration in old textiles, old tile books, and architecture, and I have been working on developing a palette of beautiful blues, greens, and neutrals.

I like the idea of incorporating color and design into the daily details of our lives, to bring inspiration to even the most routine of moments. I believe art doesn't have to live in a gallery or on a display shelf ~ we can find ways to bring it into the functional moments of our day, interacting with color & design in a way that uplifts us emotionally and spiritually.

‚ÄčIn 2001 I earned a BA at Seattle Pacific University in Fine Art, but focused on oil painting in college. Then after college I took a pottery class at Ballard Community Center for fun. I fell in love with clay and found it intoxicating to work with. Working with clay calms me, centers me, and quiets the chatter of my mind. I throw each piece on my old 1970's pottery wheel using a beautiful chocolate brown clay from Oregon.

Care: My dinnerware can be used in the dishwasher and microwave, and I use all non-toxic materials. Thank you for your interest in my work! Contact me and visit my website for any additional questions! My website is www.foxtailpottery.com

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