Dave Macon Craft Fair - Best in Show - 2008
Tullahoma Fine Arts Festival - Merit Award - 2009
Tullahoma Fine Arts Festival - Best in Show - 2010
Fayetteville Fine Arts Festival - Best in Show - 2010
Smithville Jamboree - Best Fine Craft - 2013
White Oak Craft Fair - Excellence in Clay - 2014
Webb School Art Fair - Best in Show - 2015
TN Craft 50th anniversary juried exhibit Centennial Arts Center Gallery - 2015
Arts in the Airport Nashville Flying Solo Exhibit - 2016
Solo Show Vanderbuilt University, First Floor Gallery - 2017
While earning a BFA in metal sculpture, I worked with teens as an outdoor counselor. During this time, I realized I wanted to teach art. Although my interests have shifted from metals to clay and wood, my love for the outdoors has continued to strongly influence my work. I have been teaching in Murfreesboro, TN for the last 14 years.
In 2002, just before I began teaching, I set up a clay studio. For several years I have exhibited pottery with TACA now TN Craft, and similar outdoor fairs.
In 2010, I made a couple pieces of custom furniture for our home and began to explore using hand tools in woodworking. Over the last three years my interest in using local and exotic hardwoods with sculptued clay have guided my work in a new direction.
This work is based on simple elements and principles of design as well as a desire to fully understand the materials clay and wood. Valuing craft, technique and the artist’s hand, I have always been more attracted to form over concept. The wood-frame is as important as the clay when creating a unified whole. Combining different wood species and emphensizing visual and tactile textures in clay provides multiple avenues in the work’s development and presentation.