I grew up in a middle class house in Rancho Penaquitos in a very typical, 1990s era, divorced family. As a product of suburbia I am interested in the juxtaposition of the sentimental and the disposable in Americana. My interest in consumerism and collecting results in playful ceramic objects of sentimental familiarity that upon closer inspection become undermined by their irony and disposability. Everyday the average American tosses out three pounds of packaging, food, clothing, household appliances, and even keepsakes; I attempt to show how our stuff and our trash is a reflection of our society.
I earned a BFA in Ceramics from CSU Chico in 2006 and a MFA in Ceramics from San Diego State University in 2010. With these degrees, I taught college level ceramics one and two, pottery production, 3D design, 2D design, and drawing 1 and 2 courses. In addition to my teaching load, I spent four years as the studio technician at Palomar College where I managed a large and active ceramics facility. I have taught ceramic workshops for elementary and middle school students at the Jamul Public School district, the Francis Parker School, and the LUX art institute. In 2015 I was teaching art at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace and completing my Teaching Credential when I won the ceramics position at Coronado High School. Since then it is an honor and a pleasure to come to work everyday at a job I love.
In addition to my active exhibition record, I have won many awards including the NCECA Graduate Fellowship, and the Lincoln Arts and Culture Tile Heritage Award. I presented a lecture on copyright law at NCECA Tampa Bay. She has traveled nationally to participate and assist in workshops at the Haystack Mt. School of Craft and Anderson Ranch, and traveled internationally studying ceramic art in Ecuador and completed the Project Network Residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.
When I’m not working in the studio, I’m lifeguarding for the city of Solana Beach, riding bikes around North Park with my long time Beau Roland Telebrico, or lounging at home with our cat David Bowie.