Meet Our Artists
THERMAL SHOCK STUDIO
Erica graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014 with a BFA in ceramics. Post graduation, she has been teaching ceramics at communal studios throughout the New England area. She officially started Thermal Shock Studio in 2017 with Owen Roberts (2015 MassArt Alum), they make and sell functional ceramics online and in person at at markets and open studios throughout the New England area. Erica’s personal studio space is in Southern Maine.
In her personal work she utilizes wheel throwing, hand building, and mold making techniques while creating functional pieces. She works with a cone6 ivory colored porcelain clay body and black underglaze. Currently, she is interested in transferring her illustrations onto functional and sculptural forms. Her surface design is inspired by animals, wallpaper, nature, and ink wash paintings. Each illustration is painted with black underglaze on top of a piece of paper and then transferred onto a smooth clay surface. She uses watered down black underglaze to add shading and other details onto the piece after it is fired. Once the surface is decorated, it gets fired in the kiln, glazed, and fired one more time.
Erica is interested in illustrating a variety of animals and plants. She likes animals that have a lot of personality, but she also enjoys using her work as a platform to start conversations about threatened and endangered species. Nature is such an important part of her life and her artwork, so she have been slowly building up a body of work that illustrates all the amazing animals that she loves.