Quinn Maher grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle Washington. Quinn worked at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for several years as a ceramic intern and studio assistant. It was while working at “the ranch” that Quinn first learned about and participated in atmospheric firings, and quickly developed an appreciation. This fondness for atmospheric firing led him to Utah State University, where he graduated with an MFA. Currently, his interests include testing the effects the cooling process has on the surface of soda fired and gas fired wares at both low and high temperatures. Quinn currently works at Morehead State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in ceramics.
I work to create objects that can exist quietly and confidently until they are brought into service. Each piece is combed or textured, exposing the raw qualities of the clay and creating an unlevel landscape in which to add slip and glaze. I am intrigued by the surfaces and textures that take place when water affects landscapes, and the patterns and colors produced by the erosion that occurs during the changing seasons. My work, through functional ceramics, seeks to explore these natural occurrences and through the experimentation of different firing ranges and methods, I see my work continually evolve to meet this aesthetic.