I consider myself lucky to be a part of the BFA class at the University of Montana. Such talent! Such concept! Such 24/7 hangouts in the studios. The ceramic cohort is especially close to my heart, and Miriam Griffin is no exception! Since her time at the University of Montana, Miriam's work has become EVEN cooler, if that's possible. You can check it out on her website, www.miriamgriffin.com . I would check out ALL of her work, she makes excellent functional work and produces impeccable drawings.
Recently, for a graduate course, I made an infographic about a small pinch pot I received from Miriam in a studio exchange. While some of it is guesstimation (the Bray wouldn't email me back with their grolleg porcelain recipe or ingredients and I wasn't there for the exact firings), it's a pretty sweet look at all of the time, effort, and SCIENCE that goes into a small, crafted object.
(note: this was handdrawn and scanned, so excuse the teeny tiny firing temperatures. PLEASE do not repost without credit (name and link), but feel free to share!)
Mary Callahan Baumstark is a maker, writer, and researcher with an M.A. in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She is interested in trendspotting in contemporary ceramics and organizing socially engaged or activist projects. She is the current Resident Art Historian for the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.