MudFire has a wide variety of excellent staffers - ranging in experience from community center, to BFA program and MFA program graduates and professional artists. We pride ourselves on selecting special staff members to give you the very best in your clay education here with us. Here is a sample of some of their work!
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Claire Riggs Miller
Landscape feeds people emotionally and physically. It is subtle, but tells stories of motion, need, want, and time. My work embodies a fascination with place, communicated through observations assembled as characteristic marks and forms. I make functional pottery that supports a physical need to be nourished while recalling shapes and customs of our surroundings.
While biking, walking, and running I collect material remains, sights, and conversations. From here I reduce this observation or text into a unique mark. Though my patterning is representative of something specific, through the process of sketching and repetition it has been simplified and stylized, making its reference less obvious. The patterned carving instead asks to be touched, held, and used. Combining the object with a symbol creates a new socio-cultural artifact.
This collection of pots are a response to Atlanta. Having previously inhabited smaller cities and unincorporated communities, I have been confronted by a new, sprawling landscape in Atlanta. Here I have memorized the shapes on the skyline just as I might the mountains. Of particular interest to me are customs , the types of litter accumulated by the roadside, weeds, and the types of people. It is from the experience of moving here that my pots were made.
Mallory Rose Artist Bio
Inspired by vintage maps and technical drawings, Mallory Rose began developing a new design technique at the urging of her college professor. Using a combination of carving and screen printing, she captures pieces of history by transferring maps and images onto clay. Mallory draws from a variety of sources, from antique Louisiana plantation maps and fire insurance maps of Kentucky to Audubon style images of birds. Gathering from her heritage, she carves these images onto Southern style pottery.
Kaitlyn Pruitt Artist Resume
I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where I attended high school and college at the University of South Carolina. I took my first pottery class at age 17 and continued to immerse myself in the world of ceramics throughout my early twenties. After I graduated from USC, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to the West African country of Cameroon where I served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I recently completed a Master’s degree in global health from Emory University in Atlanta, where I focused my studies on sexual and reproductive health and population studies. I work as a studio assistant and instructor at MudFire Clay, where I am fortunate to be in the presence of a large cohort of artists intent on sharing, learning, and growing together in the ceramic arts. In an effort to promote sustainable artistic practice, all of my functional forms are thrown or hand built from reclaimed or reused clay.
I became captivated by ceramics as a bright and eager 17-year-old just as the digital world was taking off at full force. The very first time I sat down at the wheel and attempted to center a mound of clay, I felt at one with the moment, truly present, and very much alive. Amidst a myriad of distractions that incessantly demand attention in the modern world, this same feeling still envelops me a decade later when I'm throwing. Unlike so many other experiences whose luster fades with repetition and time, the process of moving clay from a lumpy ball of mud to a usable, beautiful form is absolutely exhilarating yet utterly calming.
I have always exhibited a tactile nature. Whether the activity at hand is baking a cake, writing in my journal, or even taking a hike in the woods, I enjoy discovering the world and participating in it through a collaboration of mind and hands. My intrinsic sense of curiosity pushes me to explore new ideas, worlds, and possibilities, and it is this sense of adventure and discovery that drives my work in ceramics. Each day that I dedicate to clay-working is a journey that results in the marrying of tried techniques with newly discovered function, decoration, process, or form.
To me, ceramics is not art to be enjoyed at a distance, but rather one that should be incorporated into everyday life. I want my work to be both relatable and comfortable to use on a daily basis. I try to incorporate my past experiences into my work, particularly those taken from my travels and service in the Peace Corps. As a result, my forms and images invoke a sense of lightheartedness and joy that comes from nostalgic reflection. I believe that pots intrinsically have the ability to bring people together through their utility and grace; my overall goal as a potter, therefore, is to create diverse and functional forms that encourage the user to connect with others on a meaningful level and mindfully engage in every moment of life.