Jonathan Mess outside his home studio. Photograph by Erin Little, May 2015.
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Jonathan Mess

Jonathan Mess creates experimental works using reclaimed ceramic materials. An Ohio native, Mess received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Montana, Missoula in 1998, and an Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2008. He has been teaching visual arts with a focus on ceramics for over a decade. Mess has received several grants and awards, including the Maine Arts Commission's 2015 Contemporary Craft Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, a Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, and selection as a finalist for the Society of Contemporary Craft’s Raphael Founder’s Prize in 2013. His work is in private collections and is exhibited nationally and internationally. Mess resides, works, and teaches in midcoast Maine. 

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Jonathan Mess. Reclaim No.9, 2014. Various reclaimed ceramic materials, solid cast. 16 x 11 x 10 in. Photo by Kate Mess.
From the beginning, I figured out a. I don’t want to pay for anything, and b. there’s so much waste everywhere. I feel bad opening up a new bag of Neph Sy or something that was shipped here from California, or wherever.