Making art is a means for understanding and healing myself. My work is not conceptual; I come to understand the meaning of the work through the process of making it. I defend the value of the unknown in the face of our cultural need to explain. My goal is to provide an opportunity for people to direct their attention toward a deep place within themselves. Ultimately, my work is an act of hope that we humans have the ability to find an inner awareness which will guide us toward actions that better serve all life on this planet.
The most defining years of my life were spent growing up on Swan’s Island, Maine. Beauty, isolation, independence, loneliness, and a deep relationship with the land have profoundly shaped my adult perspective, and my work.
I studied art as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, returned to Maine and worked various jobs before returning to school to study Expressive Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I only returned to making art after realizing while writing my thesis that this was what I truly wanted.
Since that time my life has been a slow progression toward ever more embracing my artistic identity, while at the same time exploring a changed definition of success.
Best of Show, Ceramics Biennial 2006, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Mary Barringer, juror, 2006
Merchandise Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, John Glick, juror, 2005
Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA Watershed/Maine Artists at CraftBoston, 2012
George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME From the Kitchen to the Garden, 2011
New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME Group Show, 2010
Lill St. Art Center, Chicago, IL. 4x4, Four Women Invite Four Women, 2009
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA Clay Sanctuaries: Laurel MacDuffie and David Orser, 2008
Dow Studio, Deer Isle, ME, Clay National Invitational, 2007
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, The State of Clay in Massachusetts Invitational, 2006
M.A. Art Therapy, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA 1996
B.A., Connecticut College, New London, CT , 1985
Full time potter and studio artist, 2012-present
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Member, since 2008
Danforth Museum School, Framingham MA, Instructor, Studio Manager, 1999-2012
Haystack Mountain School for Crafts, Deer Isle ME, Teaching Assistant to Mark Bell, 2003
Mudflat Pottery School, Somerville, MA, Studio Technician, 1998-99