Hello!

Patricia Griffin in Studio

 

Thank you for your interest in my work and studio practice!

I've been working in clay full-time since 2007, and I am so grateful for the Studio Friends and collectors who have encouraged and supported my work through the years.

I create custom made-to-order pieces, as well as small-batch pottery with rich imagery that incorporates the form and surface.

My pottery is functional art you can enjoy every day. I work only with lead-free, food-safe materials, and most of my pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe.

How I became a potter:

I was born in King City, Ca., the second of four children. We grew up riding horses, raising 4-H animals, building fence and, as teenagers, working various jobs in the family's newspaper and printing business. Hard work and leadership were encouraged. Creativity was the norm: My grandmother was an artist and writer, my dad was a writer and all of my siblings grew up to be musicians, writers, printers and makers.

After high school, I went off to college to earn my stripes as a journalist. I left school before graduation, joining the staff of a daily newspaper in California's central valley, which was exploding with growth. Eventually, I left to start a public relations and design firm specializing in print media. Within a few years, the firm had morphed into a full-service agency and was thriving.

I wandered into my first clay class with the intention of injecting a little fun and creative exploration not tied to satisfying clients' needs. Instead, I found a whole new world - and have been exploring its various paths ever since. After exhausting the local clay scene, I took intensive seminars and workshops at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Tennessee, Sierra Nevada College in Nevada and Mendocino Art Center in California.

Since 2007, I've been living and working in Cambria, Ca., an artists colony on the central coast. 

After having a brick-and-mortar shop/gallery attached to my studio for many years on Cambria's Main Street, I now work from a home studio. It is open to the public only during special occasions.

I am represented by several galleries, and have my own online shopping events three to four times a year.