Hi! I’m Marc J. McCay, the Ceramics Studio Manager at the Art Center. If it’s made of clay and needs to be fired, it goes through my hands.
I received my MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington and have been making art for many years. Clay is truly a transformative medium; making a functional pot or a sculpture from a lump of “dirt” is very very satisfying.
I am originally from Northern California. However, After traversing the country (California to Indiana to Washington State to Ohio to Michigan) a few different times over the years, I landed here at A2AC in the Fall of 2015.
I was looking for a career in the arts and fortunately, the A2AC had a spot, as the saying goes – the rest is history.
A little known fun fact about me is: that when I was a bit younger, I summited Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot mountain peak near the California/Oregon state line.
It was an incredible experience that was truly challenging, yet totally worth the view. I enjoyed it so much, that I did it a second time a year later.
Working in the Arts is my passion and being part of the A2AC has allowed me to share my experience with others. Having the chance to pass along the knowledge that I have gleaned over the years is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.
My daily interactions with studio members are amazing and every day comes with great discussions and creative problem solving that is part of art-making.
The communal spirit of the ceramics studio allows everyone to “spin” and “connect” on many levels.
Anyone who is looking for a place to be creative should stop by the ceramics studio to explore what we have to offer.
Everyone is welcome!
Beyond my own studio practice, A side interest of mine is Mid Century and Danish Modern furniture and design.
I have been known to scour the Upper Midwest for treasures just about every weekend.
Utilizing my art background, coupled with having a keen eye, my efforts have definitely paid off. I have found a number of pieces that are true gems.