Having been born in Chicago, S.M.'s childhood visits to SW Michigan had a great impact on him with its change of speed and wide open spaces. These visits eventually lead him to make it his forever home. The landscape that surrounds him is what inspires his imagery. With S.M.'s background in painting, he views the pot as a canvas in itself. Turning 2-D images into 3-D works of art gives his porcelain paintings a new perspective that he simply could not achieve on paper. These forms are in-the-round works. To see the whole canvas, you cannot stand still-- therefore changing the meaning of the compositions as you view the scenes portrayed in segments.
Born and raised in the countryside of SW Michigan, Sydney takes the more humble approach of harkening to the medium's ties craft, domesticity, and function. Inspired greatly by women's role in the Arts and Crafts & Pattern and Decoration movements along with the disregarded Americana crafts, Sydney stresses the beauty of the material, the simplicity & utility of objects, and how they influence the quality of daily life. Paying attention to the archetypal associations between the vessel and the function of said vessel, she plays with how pottery can enhance domesticity and nurture you with its contents-- whatever you decide those contents to be.