Quinn Maher grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle Washington. He began working in ceramics at Utah Valley University where he received a BFA. Quinn worked at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for a number of years as an intern and studio assistant. It was while working in Snowmass that Quinn first learned about and participated in atmospheric firings, and quickly developed an appreciation. This fondness for atmospheric firing lead him to Utah State University, where he graduated with an MFA. Currently, his interests includes testing the effects the cooling process has on the surface of soda fired and gas fired wares at both low and high temperatures. Quinn currently teaches at Weber State University in Ogden Utah.
I am intrigued by the surfaces and textures that take place when water affects landscapes, and the patterns and colors produced by the erosion that occurs during the changing seasons. My work, through functional ceramics, seeks to explore these natural occurrences. Through the experimentation of different firing ranges and methods, I see my work continually evolve to meet this aesthetic.