McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to be hosting San Francisco’s Open Studios artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft on October 22nd and 23rd. In the lead up to the Open Studios weekend, we will be featuring the artists that are showing with us in our blog.
I’m not exactly sure how long clay has been stuck to me…
As far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed being able to make things. As a child with limited resources to build with, I had dreamed of somehow using the earth and dirt around me to build all that I could conceive of. I tried to work with clay a few times when I was a child, but I could only make a mess and lost interest quickly. Around the same time, there was also a part of me that felt guilty about the idea of destroying the earth for my ambitions.
With some time passing, I believe that what drew me back to using clay later in life was its seemingly limitless versatility and ability to undergo drastic changes. I originally wanted to pursue anything other than fine arts in college, but I now hold a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. Additionally, I have been working professionally in multiple aspects of the ceramic world for roughly 9 years, with a great number of these years having worked in the world of production ceramics.
Up until a few months ago I was a teacher and the studio manager of The Clay Underground in San Francisco, California, where I also did the majority of my work. You can see my work online on my website.
ARTIST STATEMENT – CONSIDERATIONS BEYOND CERAMICS
For awhile the work that I had been making sometimes involved elements of nature. More often than not though, my work just looked like your “average” handmade pots. I hadn’t really considered the importance of wildlife around us, until a co-worker from The Annapolis Pottery approached me and asked me to make a ceramic hedgehog for her. The cute and whimsical hedgehogs that I had made led to more animal related requests from others, and had allowed me to explore my ideas regarding wildlife a little further.
Before my fellow ceramic artists and myself were evicted from our clay home and studio, I had begun to try to think back to my childhood thoughts and that common human dilemma. How can we keep building, thriving, and existing in the world but simultaneously allow the rest of the planet and animal-kind to do the same? As a species we’ve done so much already to gentrify so many animals out of our world, some to the point of no return. That’s what fascinates me now, how some of these animals can somehow manage to survive around us. At the same time, I am saddened by the loss of rich diversity and a healthier world that we could be living in.