Paul Maloney is a ceramic artist born in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Georgia, completing his Bachelor degrees in both Art History and Ceramics. He later would attain his MFA in Ceramics from Indiana University - Bloomington. Paul has made work all throughout the United States, having opportunities at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Penland School of Crafts, The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. He now resides in Kansas City, Missouri where he has been appointed to the position of Studio Manager at Belger Crane Yards Studio.
Let’s play. Constructed works paint pictures that have less to do with utilitarian function, rather, they have more to do with referencing everyday occurrences, personified in conventionally humble objects. Slips, glazes and gold dress the vessels like sauce on BBQ. The materials envelop the clay and ceramic, forming its own layered history. Interests in pop culture, rock and roll history, sports, or what's happening with our current political climate - any and all information is used and inferred with each individual vessel. Sometimes indirectly, sometimes with the aid of free verse that seeps its way into the composition. These histories and the desire to capture our humanness in ceramic vessels are of vital importance to me, and I hope my works contribute to the rich ceramic continuum.