Maker's Mark Bios- JF Justin Lefor
At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.
Meet Justin Lefor. Justin mixes the slip that is poured into the plaster moulds to make the growlers. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, Justin mixes most of the slip we use to cast the growlers. He controls the length of time each growler is cast and therefore is responsible for the thickness of the walls on each one. Co-owner Brett Binford reflects on how Justin came to work for the company:
Name: Justin Lefor
Hometown: Burns, Oregon
Education/Life Experience: PNCA Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on sculpture, printmaking & painting
- How did you get started at Mudshark?
- Where have you taken your growler?
- What are your goals as an artist/maker?
- Coffee, tea or other?
- If you could share a growler fill with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?