I spend my best time making dishes and vessels and objects for my own house, for my own use or visual stimulus. Pots which aid, enrich and reflect upon my lifestyle, especially the part centered around food: from growing and raising to gathering and harvesting to preserving and cooking to eating and sharing. From everyday dishes like cups, bowls, and plates, to specialized vessels like fermenting crocks, spoon rests, baskets, spirit bottles, and vases, I want my wood fired work to provide both a unique and warm presence in aiding the functional and utilitarian aspects of life inside the home.
Mandy fell over backwards into the ceramics lap in 2002, during her senior year of college at University of Dallas. It's not really all that surprising. She hits her head an average of five times a day; it was only a matter of time before clay came calling with its squishy sledge hammer. Since that fateful day, she has completed an MA at University of Dallas in 2008 and an MFA at Utah State University in 2011. She currently slings her mud in Portland, Oregon, where she exhibits regularly at Blackfish Gallery. She also wood fires with Friends of Fire, an itinerant crew of marvelous mischief makers, who take delight in plunking their work in kilns all over the region.