September 02, 2014

Makers Marks Bios: Jared Lindsey

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 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Jared Lindsey. Jared glazes the growlers after they've been bisque fired. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, chances are pretty good he was responsible for the glazing of it. 


Name: Jared Lindsey

Hometown: Port Orchard, WA

Education/Life Experience:  I first took ceramic classes in high school. While I was living in LA I started taking classes at the community college just to get back in the clay studio. I decided pretty quickly that  I wanted to do that full time, so when I found OCAC and their clay program I enrolled there. I've got one year left to get my BFA.

  • What’s Your Favorite Beer or Beverage to Fill Your Growler with?

McMenamins Rubinator. It's half Terminator Stout and they finish it off with the Ruby Red (a raspberry ale). 

  • Why do you like working in clay? 
It just feels good. I love that it's a material that starts out as such a minimal form, but you can make almost anything you can think of out of it.
  • What are your goals as an artist/maker?
I would like to continue making sculptures and functional wares. Just keep making and to finance my livelihood by doing what I love. As long as I have enough time to experiment with my own freeform ideas, (that might not be super sellable), while I make things to pay my way, I'm happy.
  • Favorite Spot to get your growler filled?

I really like the St Johns McMenamins, but most any McMenamins is fun because they have the same selection and cool old buildings that they've repurposed. 

  • If you could share a growler fill with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Tom Savini, the makeup and special effects guy, who did all of the original "dead movies." He's done a lot, and I'm huge fan of his artwork and make up. I bet he'd be a really cool guy to hang out with and share some stories.