Molly McGuire is pursuing her master’s in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership at Drexel University. While she works toward her degree, she works part time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as Projects Manager for ceramicist Ryan Greenheck, and as part of the Work Exchange program at The Clay Studio. In between all of that, she tries to make some pottery, too!
Coming from an arts background, it can be difficult to find time to go to school, work, and also find time to create work. I feel lucky to be a part of the Work Exchange program at The Clay Studio, as it allows me access to both the studio and the ceramics community there. While I’m working toward my degree, I have had to slow down and understand that I cannot do everything I want to. My production has slowed down, but I try to create work whenever I can, knowing that creativity ebbs and flows and you just kind of have to ride the waves.
My work is focused on texture and creating a tactile experience in everyday objects such as mugs, cups, and lamps. The textures are created methodically and evenly spaced, yet each piece is unique. The entire process - from creating the form, to decorating the surface, to sharing it with others - is both meditative and energizing. I love to watch people interact with my work because at first, they are unsure if these spiked mugs and cups are meant to be touched at all. When they pick them up, they realize the texture feels quite satisfying. I can see the viewer thinking about how the cup was made and being surprised by these small dots or large spikes I have placed on the surface. There is an interesting interaction between playful and intimidating.