Andrea began working with clay in 2000 by taking a six week pottery course through the Fayette County Parks and Recreation department. Little did she know that this weekly retreat from family and responsibilities would become a passion! Andrea continued to attend these classes for several years and developed her skills on the pottery wheel. However, she really enjoyed handbuilding with clay which, she believed, allowed for a greater range of artistic expression. In 2006, Andrea became a student of Karen Beswick a ceramic artist who specialized in Raku firing. Karen taught her a different clay firing techniques and provided her with artistic instruction for several years. Sadly, Karen is no longer with us but she has left her legacy in her many students.
Since then Andrea has continued her education in clay by attending workshops taught by such clay artists greats as: Curtis Denzel, Robin Hopper, Chris Grydner, Gerit Grimm, and Bill Van Guilder.
2009 saw the construction of her backyard studio fondly dubbed, Studio B. This was a wonderful gift to Andrea from her parents and her husband. She can often be heard to say, “I am a very lucky girl.” Along with creating her own clay art, Andrea also instructs in open studio classes consisting of adults interested in creating, building and expressing themselves with clay.
Andrea has been active in such organizations as Fine Arts and Crafts Entrepreneurs (FAACE), The Potters Guild, Newnan Coweta Arts Association, and Ceramics Daily. Three years ago with the help of fellow artisans and friends, Andrea established the first annual Southern Hands Artists Studio Tour which featured 10 artists and 9 studios. Today this Studio tour has grown to over 30 artists in Fayette and Coweta Counties. It is held on the 2nd full weekend of November, annually.
Andrea has begun to take a new turn in her clay creations. She continues to create unique functional pieces but has also begun to do more sculpting. Nothing ever stays the same when an artist continues to grow in their techniques and abilities.