As a child, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I'd say "I'm going to be an artist." So often the response was "Everyone is already an artist. What do you want to do for a REAL job when you grow up?"
Guess what happened? I grew up, got a corporate job fresh out of college and I was managing at a large company by 22 years old. I did that for almost 8 years and gained wonderful experience but not the life joy I was looking for. Joy in your work is so important. I didn't have that working under florescent lighting and constant white noise.
In 2008 I opened The Midnight Orange and in 2011 I took the very brave leap of faith and left my corporate job to pursue my dream as a full time artist. The job no one thought was real when I was a little girl became my very real, very fulfilling career. I am completely humbled and privileged to be doing what I'm doing, living my dream and teaching my two young daughters that it is wholly possible.
I am passionate about the subject matters I sculpt. My work touches everything life touches and aims to help us tell our life journeys in clay. My hope is that that is what you feel you've found at The Midnight Orange.