March 04, 2015

Makers Mark Bios: Theresa Arrison

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 Theresa Arrison. Theresa started mixing slip as an intern after graduate school, and now she runs the floor as Production Manager (no easy task!). While you won't find her initials at the bottom of your growler, know that without her organizational skills your growler might not make it through the production line!

Name:Theresa Arrison

Hometown:  Littleton, MA

Education/Life Experience: I got my MFA in Applied Craft and Design at PNCA/OCAC’s joint program.

Why do you like working in clay? I took my first clay class in college and did five times the amount of work that was required because I fell completely in love with it.

What are your goals as an artist/maker?

To find balance between my work at Mudshark and my own ceramics business, so that neither of them become overwhelming or unenjoyable. Work/art balance is really important to me. Creatively I make molds out of vintage housewares, cut them up and then make them into functional pieces. It's something I'd like to continue to explore.

Coffee, tea or other?  I drink Chai Tea and this morning I somehow got coffee by accident.

Favorite Spot to get a beer?  Mississippi Studios.  I like my beer with a little live music!

If you could share a growler fill with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

My husband.  We have totally opposite schedules, so I never see the guy!