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motion and stillness dynamic tension time, gravity, atmosphere

from the motion and malleability of soft clay to the fixed stillness of fired clay /
interruption, activation,  destabilization of the vessel /
diminishing the functional nature of the pot with a little push towards the forms of nature /
the remains of ceramic objects as signposts of human history /
the beauty of textured and weathered surfaces, excavation and the erosion of time.

r  e  s  u  m  e

Studio artist working in clay

2017: Two-person exhibition, Jack Straw Clothing, Seattle
2017: Pop-up exhibition, Domanico Winery, Seattle
2017: Pop-up exhibition of Work From Italy, Traver Gallery, Seattle
2016: La Meridiana, Italy: Piccolpasso, 7-week mentored residency
2016: LaMeridiana, Italy: exhibit of residents’ work

Self-directed ceramics student

2012: Limoges, France. 10-day workshop for porcelain slip-casting with Jaime Hayon at Boisbuchet and École Nationale Superieure d’Art de Limoges-Aubusson (first hands-on clay experience)

2013: La Meridiana, Italy: Classes with Lucca Tripaldi in paper clay, porcelain jewelry and Orietta Mengucci (handbuilding vessels and sculptural pieces).

2013-14: Pottery Northwest, Seattle: classes in press-mold and slip casting, handbuilding, wheel throwing

2015: La Meridiana, Italy: OnCentre, 3-month course of study with John Colbeck

Design educator

1998 – 2014: University of Washington, School of Art + Art History + Design, Division of Design, Affiliate Assistant Professor. Undergraduate studio classes and graduate seminars.

Design and Brand consultant

2010 – 2015: Graphic design and design strategy consulting. Book design; design and brand strategy consulting.

Design and Brand firm owner

2000 – 2011: Methodologie (now DigitalKitchen), a leading brand, communications, and design consultancy; Co-owner, Strategic Director, and Chief Creative Director.

 1985 – 2000: The Traver Company, widely recognized for creative excellence and design leadership for clients in arts and culture, health and human services, and tourism, Owner and Creative Director,

Professional and community leadership

Chair, University of Washington School of Art, Art History and Design Advisory Board

Member, Professional Advisory Council (University of Washington Division of Design)

Past Member, Board of Trustees, Henry Art Gallery (the art museum of the University of Washington)

Past Honorary Co-chair, Design in Public Seattle Design Festival

AIGA Fellow

Past President, AIGA Seattle chapter

Past Board of Directors, Artist Trust

Past Board of Directors, Seattle Design Association

Selected speaking engagements and publications

Arcade Magazine Guest Editor: Graphic Design: Culture Made Visible  Summer 2005 23.4

UCDA (University and College Designers Association), national meeting keynote address

University of Washington School of Art Commencement address

AIGA Seattle, Henry Art Gallery lecture

University of Washington, “Universal Truths, Universal Myths, Exploring What Matters in Design Education” Symposium, speaker and panelist

Publications: over 50 publications, including Graphis Books, AIGA Communications Annual, and Communication Arts Magazine

Awards: over 100 national and local awards for design and creative direction


University of Washington, BFA Visual Communications Design