While pursuing a career as a TV producer in NY, Renee spent 10+ years as a student/apprentice at the Jewelry Arts Institute in NYC focusing on Byzantine and Etruscan style of jewelry design, including ancient granulation/fusion techniques working in 22K gold. Upon moving to NC, she discovered the rich and varied ceramics community and became more intrigued with incorporating textures and found objects into her work bringing to life what has been discarded or overlooked in both metal and clay.
Recent ceramics reflect the fusion of texture and design similar to her one of a kind jewelry pieces.
" “My work is a reflection of the diversity of the world around us.
Using metal, clay, wood, fabric and found objects, I act as a sort of a visual alchemist.
There is a simple pleasure that we get from seeing and touching the objects we love.
We are perspective creatures, and aesthetics can touch us in some powerful ways.
So whether you respond to form, color, craftsmanship, or the design, my goal- is to make you smile.”
Her work has been showcased in galleries in California, New York, Connecticut and Illinois.