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09/09- 12/11 • Virginia Commonwealth University | Masters of Art Education with K-12 Teaching Certification

09/05- 05/09 • Syracuse University | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics: Magna Cum Laude

Art-Based Employment and Related Work

07/2013 - Present • Greenwich High School

Ceramics Teacher | Stamford, Connecticut
Teach Introduction to Ceramics, Intermediate Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics and AP 3-D Design Ceramics, in addition to mentoring in the Honors Art program. Other responsibilities include loading and firing kilns, mixing studio glazes, preparing artwork for shows and displays, ordering ceramic supplies, and photographing ceramic work.

05/11 – Present • Jaimieware

Owner and Artist | Stamford, Connecticut
Create, market and sell functional and sculptural pottery at markets, in galleries and online.

01/12 – 06/13 • St. Catherine’s School

Part-Time Ceramics and Art Teacher | Richmond, Virginia
Teach Ceramics and Art Foundations in the Upper School, as well as a Middle School Art Exploration class. Additional responsibilities include hanging artwork in gallery shows and expanding the ceramics program.

09/12 – 06/13 • Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Studio Assistant Volunteer | Richmond, Virginia
Maintain ceramic studio, make clay and glazes, repair equipment, and fire kilns.

06/11 – 08/11 • Creative Space

Co-Teacher | Stamford, Connecticut
Led a group of children ages 2-15 in art at a child-centered summer art program using a wide variety of art media. Managed a variety of art projects with a range of ages, all within one classroom.

Summers ’05 – ’10, ‘12 • YMCA Camp Nokomis

Laconia, New Hampshire
Positions Held: Craftshop Director, Junior Unit Head, Andover Transportation Coordinator, Assistant Craftshop Director, Senior Counselor, Activity Instructor, and Junior Counselor

Responsibilities included: Supervisor of craft shop, including training and supervision of staff; overseeing of creative programming; handling inventories and ordering supplies; firing the kiln; Ceramics instructor; Supervisor of Junior Unit staff and Coordinator of Junior Unit group activities (Camper ages 8-11); Cabin counselor for campers ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16; Waterskiing Boat Driver/Instructor; Lifeguard; Activity instructor of general crafts, leathercraft, silvercraft, copper enameling, waterskiing and sailing.

12/08 – 02/09 & 05/08 – 06/08 • Anne Cofer, Ceramicist

Artist's Assistant | Syracuse, New York
Worked with professor and artist Anne Cofer in the preparation of her solo show of fibers and clay, “Concealed Objects” at the Everson Museum, and assisted her in creating an exhibit for the 2008 Everson Museum Biennial. She won “Best in Show” and was awarded a solo show for February 2009.

01/07 – 05/07 • Ceramic Department

Work Study Assistant | Syracuse, New York
Assisted with many tasks related to running the ceramics studio, including loading kilns, mixing clay batches, etc.

Professional Development

11/12 • VAIS Conference Attendee: Virginia Association of Independent Schools Conference in Richmond,Virginia.

09/10 – 12/10 • Student at Visual Arts Center: Wheel throwing class, Richmond, Virginia.

04/10 • NAEA Member and Conference Attendee: National Art Education Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

11/09 & 11/11 • VAEA Conference Attendee and Presenter: Virginia Art Education Association Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Presented at VCU Student Lesson Plan Showcase.

03/08 • NCECA Conference Attendee: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Attended lectures and demonstrations on studio practices and high school art education.

Exhibitions and Sales

05/13 • Arts in the Park: Vendor in art & craft fair at Byrd Park, Richmond, Virginia.

11/20/12 – 12/23/12 • Glave Kocen Holiday Art Sale: Participant in art sale at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.

11/18/12 & 12/16/12 • Cary Street Artisan Market: Vendor in a Holiday Art Market in Richmond, Virginia.

08/12 – 12/12 • St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Faculty Art Show: Faculty Show in Turner Hall and St.Catherine’s School, Richmond, Virginia.

05/11 – 08/13 • South of the James Farmer’s Market: Part-time vendor, selling my wheel-thrown ceramics at Forrest Hill Park, Richmond, VIrginia.

04/27/12 – 04/28/12 • Daisy Days Market: Vendor, selling my wheel thrown ceramics at St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, Virginia.

02/03/12 – 02/29/12 • Drift and Flow: Solo show at Lift Coffee Shop and Café, Richmond, Virginia.

09/10 – 10/10 • Show and Tell: An Exploration of Big Ideas Franklin Terrace Art Gallery: Art Education Graduate Student Show.

05/09 • Shaped Clay Society May Sale: Sale of our handmade sculpture and functional pottery. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

04/09 – 05/09 • Senior BFA Exhibition at XL Projects Gallery: Syracuse University’s graduating VPA exhibition, coordinated by Andrew Havenhand. Syracuse, New York.

04/09 • Nine by Ten: A group exhibition at The Gear Factory. Syracuse NY.

04/09 • Syracuse University Empty Bowls: Show and Charity Fundraiser.

03/09 – 04/09 • BFA Ceramics 2009 at Clayscapes Gallery: Senior Exhibition, Syracuse, New York.

01/09 • Fibers Arts Show Installation Assistant: Selected and installed show with Anne Cofer. Show located in the office of the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

11/08 – 12/08 • Painting Show at “The Wall” at Syracuse University: curated by Kevin Larmon.

03/08 – 04/08 • The Juniors: Exhibit of all Junior ceramic majors work at Coyne Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Organizations and Certifications

10/10 – 12/11 • Art Council for VCU’s Cary Street Gym: Select artwork to be on exhibit.

09/08 – 05/09 • College Democrats Syracuse University Chapter Member: With the aim of helping to elect democratic officials and provide awareness to the community.

09/06 – 05/09 • Shaped Clay Society Member: Syracuse Ceramics Club with the aim of learning skills in selling ceramic art, and furthering academic studies. Includes fieldtrips and recruiting visiting artists.