Invited by Doug Peltzman
OC: Where is your current studio (city, state)?
MS: Currently, I work out of a studio at The Clay Art Center, in Port Chester, New York. As my two-year residency comes to an end, I am in the process of building a studio in Connecticut.
OC: How long have you been working in clay?
MS: 10 years.
OC: Can you share a bit about your education or background?
MS: My introduction to clay was through my high school professor who introduced me to a community of wood firing potters in Connecticut. Following high school, I pursued a BFA in ceramics at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and was introduced to visiting artist Doug Peltzman. As I finished my undergraduate studies, Doug encouraged me to pursue a post baccalaureate at SUNY New Paltz, New York. During this period I began working as a studio assistant for Doug. Following my post baccalaureate, I worked in a summer assistantship at Peters Valley School of Craft which led me to my current position as a resident artist at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. During my time at the Clay Art Center, I maintain a studio practice as well as assist workshops for Doug Peltzman and Adam Field.
OC: Who is your favorite artist/craftsperson (ceramic or otherwise)?
MS: Growing up in the Tri-State area I have grown to favor works by Sol LeWitt. I enjoy finding them at the most unexpected areas, such as an interior wall of a library in Connecticut or walking through New York City galleries. These paintings are extremely playful in regards to color, and completely captivating based on their scale and precision to detail.
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