Courtney first began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland to study ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. She recently finished a two year residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.
Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as lots of books on ceramics and design. She is compelled by the variation found in handmade objects and likes the personal connection that they help to create as they leave her studio to become part of somebody’s daily routine.