I spend my days teaching ceramics to high school students and my nights obsessing over design and the vast blogosphere of inspiration that is the internet. I am lucky that both hats that I wear are creative, inspiring, and fun (most of the time.)
Although I have always loved art and design, I never considered it to be my career path until after I graduated college. With a BA in sociology under my belt, I hurled myself into the working world. While working at a PR and marketing firm in Providence, RI as a production assistant, I became more interested in the work of the designers and artists than writing and proofing press releases and advertisements. I decided to take some classes in graphic design to develop a portfolio and apply to programs in Boston. One year later, I was living in Boston and enrolled in MassArt's Graphic Design Certificate program.
While at MassArt, I began working at one of Boston's premier invitation and paper stores, helping clients design invitations and other social and personal stationery. I loved the creative energy of working with other artists and being inspired all the time! I also had the opportunity to teach workshops to adults during this time. This is when I discovered my passion for teaching.
Fast forward three years, one Graphic Design Certificate and one Master's in Teaching in Visual Arts later, and I am doing exactly what I was meant to do - inspire and teach students the importance of art while also continuing my artistic journey by designing print materials for various events, and also getting my hands (and sometimes everything else) dirty creating handmade, functional objects in clay.