Invited by Sunshine Cobb
OC: Where is your current studio?
MJ: Penland, NC
OC: How long have you been working in clay?
MJ: About 10 years
OC: Can you share a bit about your education or background?
MJ: I went to a tiny craft school called Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia, Canada, for three years, then transferred to Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta to finish my BFA. In 2013 I completed my MFA in Ceramics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
OC: Who is your favorite artist/craftsperson (ceramic or otherwise)?
MJ: My favorite and longest-loved art/artists are Lucie Rie, and the paintings and sculptures of Cy Twombly. I look a lot at the work of Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Doris Salcedo as well.
OC: Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?
MJ: In five years I hope to be settled into a studio and home in Minnesota with my husband and our family of kids, cats, dogs, chickens and goats.