Michael McCarthy is a studio potter focusing on wood fired, salt glazed functional pottery that one will use in their everyday. Since November 2008, McCarthy has been the ceramics instructor at the Austen Riggs Center, a residential psychiatric hospital located in Stockbridge, MA.
"A friend and neighbor is a great appreciator of studio pottery. His modest kitchen contains a small walk-in pantry which is absent of any food. Instead, the shelves are stacked high with plates and bowls and lined with deep rows of pitchers, vases and mugs. Without fail, whenever we visit, we discuss pottery, ending marveling and handling these pots. It must be an odd sight to see the two of us in his pantry enthusiastically carrying on. Yet, we never tire of this ritual. The exchange serves as educator and motivator. I am excited to be a member of the clay community but am aware of the responsibility of craftsmanship and innovation in a timeless art. Upon leaving his house, filled with ideas, I am eager to head back to the studio. Having just looked at pots I admire, I am left with the satisfying challenge- how will I contribute?"