My First Upholstering Project

A lot has changed since the fall; I left a job that was no longer serving me for one that is a complete 180, I’ve been a part of a wonderful fellowship, I got very sick, then regained my health (and an appreciation for it), and I’ve found my way back to my creative practice….

Reforging a Memento

When my dad died in 2012 it was sudden and broke so many parts of my world. Our relationship was complicated and strained, then in a moment, over forever. It was like having the wind knocked out of me and whenever I think of how final it is, I feel that same hit again. When…

2016

2016 was a lot of things in excess both at home and in the greater communities to which I belong: too busy, too chaotic, too tragic, at times unbearably loud and fracturing. I felt this all around me, from my work and my own mind, throughout my beloved city, and out into the reaches of…

My Best Friend’s Wedding Present

Last April one of my oldest friends tied the knot marrying her perfect partner and I was amazingly happy to be standing beside her. Kristine and I met in middle school when she was friends with my next-door neighbor. In high school we both played in the pit orchestra of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”…

Playing With Clay

In February 2013 I told a mentor of mine “I always wanted to take a ceramics class” and she said “What’s stopping you?” That was all the encouragement I needed. She pointed me towards Studio One Arts Center in Temescal and thankfully they had a ceramics session that had just started. I’m not afraid to be terrible…

Labor of Love

This year I had the challenge of coming up with the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I wondered what would be both practical and pretty, sentimental but not sappy, handmade and better than a construction paper heart. Then I had it: I would make a mosaic bedside table! I looked for an entire month to find a table with a suitable top, then…