Internships, Residency, and Museum Position
After graduating from NMU with a BFA in Ceramics, I moved to Goshen Indiana with my good friend and fellow ceramic studio mate, Mark Tarabula (BFA ’14). We interned for professional ceramic artist Justin Rothshank. During this internship our main project was to build a catenary arch downdraft natural gas soda kiln. It was incredibly informational to see how a studio potter operates.
After three months of the kiln building internship, it was time to travel abroad. I arrived in Tuscany Italy for a two-month assistantship with the International School of Ceramics. My time there was spent assisting ceramic artists from all over the world. While I was there I also became very close with the founder of the school and introduced him to new ways of marketing and keeping up with various social media outlets. From there I moved to Germany for a one month long residency. I shared the residency with an amazing conceptual artist from the UK. I produced work based off of my European experiences. Nearing the end of the residency, I had an artist presentation and an exiting show.
Since I’ve been back in The United States of America, I have accepted a position working for Indiana University South Bend and The South Bend Museum of Art. I am a Ceramic Technician and I also instruct ceramic classes. When I am not at the SBMA, I am working with fellow graduates Joshua Masserang (BFA ’15 Furniture Design) and Stephen Smolinski Jr. (BFA ’13 Drawing & Painting) to create our own studio in Goshen Indiana.