Atmospheric firing is my primary vehicle for challenging the generic and uniform preconceptions associated with molded ceramics, reinterpreting the process to create series of sculptures and vessels that stand in relation to one another while retaining a sense of autonomy.

By using molds, I am able to create ceramics that reflect the control and the sophistication of modern industry, yet through atmospheric firing, my art still resonates with the chance and irregularity of nature.  Aside from the purely aesthetic reasons, the amalgamation of these seemingly disparate techniques conceptually advocates for a balance between industry and its relationship to the natural world.  Although historically incongruous, I feel we have entered an age where the symbiosis of industry and nature is both urgent and possible.







A North Carolina native, Tim was born in the heart of tobacco country near Winston-Salem. In 2003 he graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Applications and minors in English and Religious Studies, while completing an internship at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. Tim remained in Raleigh following graduation and was commissioned to photograph and document the Gregg Museums’ extensive art collection until another commission brought him to Seagrove, NC, this time to photograph The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Community by Dr. Charlotte V. Brown.

While in Seagrove, Tim helped build and fire several large wood kilns with potters such as David Stuempfle and Daniel Johnston. After two years of immersive study in the regional ceramic culture, he returned to Raleigh and to work with the North Carolina Museum of History, while continuing his ceramics studies in his spare time. In 2009, Tim left the museum to pursue a full-time studio practice, completing workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In 2011, Tim was a resident artist at the Cub Creek Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia, and in 2012 was an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Art Center in Northern California where he currently resides.







Tim Ayers
P.O. Box 1035
Mendocino, CA 95460

(707) 357-7495