HOPE + MARY Woodland Animal Platter


18”l x 13.5”w x 2”h

Handmade porcelain platter with hand drawn illustrations.

"striving to make objects that are useful and beautiful.

all handmade porcelain made with love."


I came to Chattanooga by way of Chicago, IL, and Augusta, GA, where I taught art in the inner-city, painted portraits, and worked hard every day to be a good mom to my two amazing children. I grew up in Hockessin, DE a tiny suburb in the country outside of Wilmington, DE. 

My mother is Mary. She died in 2011. She was, and still is, my most cherished creative partner. 

As a student at the University of Colorado (where I had two stints, one for a BA in Anthropology, and later to get my teaching certification in Art Education) I fell in love with painting and ceramics. Both offer ways for me to explore beauty in simplicity, function and the human experience. 

I strive to make objects that enhance the ordinary of everyday life and bring pleasure, beauty and presence.

Each piece is hand made and unique. I use a Korean technique called mishima to create images on my pieces. Each image is hand drawn onto the surface of the clay with a needle tool. After I am finished with the drawing, I will cover the piece with black slip. Once the slip is dry, I carefully wipe away the excess slip leaving behind the drawn image.

My hope is that I create work that brings beauty and delight into everyday function and experiences.


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