Rebecca was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is an alum of the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Ceramics (’16) and an alum of Berry College where she obtained her BA in art with concentrations in K-12 art education and studio art, ceramics (’13). She enjoys teaching children and adult ceramic and broomaking courses that use a variety of techniques while exploring nature for inspiration. She has shown in a number of galleries across the United States and was a 2021 Hambidge Fellow. Rebecca currently resides in the Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee working at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as the Program and Studio Manager. Manager.
Rebecca enjoys finding the balance between forgotten or simply over looked moments in nature and the use of everyday objects. Quiet observance of growth patterns and functions of organisms is an inspiration. Many plants are able to provide for themselves through the process of photosynthesis. Fungi however, are seen as the outliers, often needing an exterior host of some sort to survive on.
By sculpting items found in nature, namely fungi, she hopes to bring a bit of nature into the home through her pieces. Using clay as the host, or base vessel, she attempts to capture and preserve moments where objects are in the process of being lost and altered to highlight the tangible decay and the beauty of new growth that nature exemplifies.