My past: Art has always been my passion. In class, teachers in often asked me to sit at the front row so that they could watch me draw while they talked. Around that time, I also attended a vocational school and studied Commercial Arts & Advertising. When I graduated, I worked on my painting skills by becoming an instructor at several paint n’ sips. I spent some time in Print and Marketing as well, where I was able to help small businesses bring their projects to life. This helped me with my projects too, such as printing my drawings onto banners and turning that into stencils for murals. I always searched for a job that involved art, but there were always limitations. I have found that what I enjoy most is the flexibility of entrepreneurship and the ability to create freely.
Learning Ceramics: It wasn’t until I stumbled on the West Pasco Art guild in Florida that I even really touched clay. They were a wonderful community of sweet old ladies, but they only offered a hand-building class, so I took it upon myself to get a potters wheel and practice at home. I took on additional business classes at the local college to learn more about entrepreneurship and found an affordable kiln on craigslist so that i could start selling my ceramic creations at the local market.
Aspire Arts is now located in Virginia. The business is run by myself and my partner though our home studio. We are always practicing different techniques and learning how to improve our skills. Diversity is the spice of life, so we try to make each piece have it’s own one-of-a-kind vibe. Even in sets, no two pieces are exactly the same. You can find us at the Lynchburg community market and on Instagram, where I share behind-the-scenes photos of our current projects.
I learned a little about clay in art classes during high school, but I didn’t really get invested in ceramics right away. As a kid, I never considered myself an artist, and no one ever called me one either. My reputation was as a nerd, someone who is captain of the trivia team and advanced college math classes. As an adult, I have found the determination and confidence I needed to become both- a nerdy artist.
Pottery is my favorite medium because I love to see something I made being used and enjoyed. Some of my pottery is inspired by geometry, often using simple shapes like circles. Other pieces of mine are inspired by fantasy or nature themes.