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Shane Mickey

Shane Mickey

Shane Mickey is a maker of vessels and objects. He has made wood-fired pots for almost over two decades. After fifteen years of anagama firings, Mickey switched to wood/salt firing using more glazes and introduced color to pots. He enjoys texture and patterns on the work broken up by bold lines and different glazes. The work is rooted in functional design while expressing ideas of spontaneity. Completely one with his kiln, Mickey believes that wood firing is similar to painting; the vessel is the canvas and how he loads and fires is the process of painting it.

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Shane Mickey at MudFire

Gallery group show Mug*Shots, August 2009
Gallery group show Potters Of The Roan, April 2009
Gallery group show Asheville In Atlanta, September 2004


Shane Mickey Artist Statement

I am after the discovery of my pots, my place, my language, in this rich continuum of clay history. The work is rooted in functional design while expressing ideas of spontaneity. At times, the work takes on human characteristics, such as the feeling of plump flesh, personalities or expressions. I do not need to extol the justifications utilitarian ceramics can play in today's world. I am a potter, period. I am more concerned with living, moving forward. The act of working at the wheel, kiln, etc. is for me the same as a mechanic, a doctor, or a teacher. It is a life lived. The warmth and energy gained from daily life, allows me to create pots that are full of energy, and full of humility.

My work is just as much a sculptural process as it is a functional pot. I approach each form with the end results in mind. I try to utilize all the diverse surfaces available in the Woodfired Anagama kiln. I will pick a surface that is peculiar to one zone in the kiln and then make vessels or objects that I feel will work in unison with that surface. I feel it is similar to painting in the respect that the vessel is the canvas and how I load and fire is the process of "painting" the vessel.

Shane Mickey Artist Resume

Education, Experience:
2001-present Owner of Shane Mickey Pottery & Spring Creek Anagama
2000 MFA, Ceramics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1996 BFA Art and Design, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
Selected Recent Exhibitions:
2009, Teabowl show , Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC
2009, Contemporary Crafts, Saint Francis Univ. Fort Wayne, IN
2008, Potters of the Roan, Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC
2008, Triplets, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2008, Yunomi cup show, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2007, ACC southeast spotlight show, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN
2007, POTTERS OF THE ROAN, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC
2007, RON MEYERS WOODFIRE INVITATIONAL, Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007, SHANE MICKEY, SOLO SHOW, Gallery at Getties, Rock Hill, SC
2007, ROOM FULL OF LADIES, Toe River Arts Council Center, Burnsville, NC
2006, FEATURED ARTIST SHOW, Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006, TEAPOT INVITATIONAL, Rochester folk Art Guild, Middlesex, NY
2006, 100 TEAPOTS, Atlanta teapot festival, Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005, POTTERS PICKS , Transylvania arts council, Brevard, NC
2005, SOUTHERN POTTERS, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, KS
2005, THE WOODFIRED POTTERY SHOW, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
2004, WOODFIRE CLAY, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
2004, ASHEVILLE IN ATLANTA, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004, POTTERS OF THE ROAN, Rochester Folk Guild, Middlesex, NY
2004, STRICTLY FUNCTIONAL POTTERY NATIONA , Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA. , Susan Peterson, Juror
2003, POTTERS OF THE ROAN, The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA.
2002, FALL CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2002, NEW TRADITIONS, Southern Highlands Craft Guilds Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC
2002, THE VASE , Peck Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island Nationally juried show, Jacquelyn Rice, Juror
2002, UTILITARIAN CERAMIC NATIONAL, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana , Nationally juried show, Ron Meyers, Juror
2001, HAND HELD CUP SHOW , Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, Nationally juried show
2001, SHANE MICKEY, NEW WORK (solo show), Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee
2001, CLAY/ WOOD/ FIRE/ SALT , Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio & , Folk Art Center, Asheville, North Carolina, Invitational show, Gwen Heffner, curator
2000, CERAMICS USA , SOVA Galleries, University of North Texas, Denton Texas , 2000, CLAY SHOW 2000, Core Art Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1999, USA CRAFT TODAY , Silvermine Guilds Art Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, Jeremy Admenson, juror