Tiffany Schmierer

Artist Statement

The underlying theme of my work is the interconnection that we have with each other and our surrounding world. Along with dialogue, themes of home, dreams, and links to our environment are woven throughout the work.

I have always been inspired by my surroundings, which has been the cities of San Francisco and Oakland for the last 2 decades. The intersections between the natural and constructed landscape; the pulse of the city, with its organized and chaotic networks and systems, energizes me.

I create assembled sculptures with a visual density of pattern, imagery, and detail. Rather than edit down to the minimal, I embrace the complexity of our visual culture. Using a “maximalist” approach, I construct an accumulated and intricate viewing experience. This method of layering information leads the viewer into the piece on a non-linear journey, in which connections are formed in a variety of ways. I think of my sculptures as three-dimensional collages, where chains of ideas are layered to create a cohesive whole.

-- Tiffany Schmierer


Tiffany Schmierer received her MFA with an emphasis in ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2004. Her complex abstract ceramic sculptures are multi-layered with rich color, pattern, and imagery. Her artwork has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions; selected venues include the American Museum of Ceramic Art, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Crocker Art Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, John Natsoulas Gallery, Gallery Susan Alexander, Manna Gallery, Clay Mix Gallery, Pence Gallery, SMAart Gallery, The Clay Studio, The Potters’ Studio Gallery, Blue Line Gallery, Richmond Art Center Gallery, and The Artery. Recognitions for her sculpture include an Alameda County art commission, the First-Place Jurors award at America’s Clayfest, a NICHE Award for ceramic sculpture, and the Alpha Award for best in show at the California Clay Competition. Her sculpture has been featured in Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly, and highlighted in New Ceramics and Clay Times magazines.

Tiffany Schmierer is a Professor of Art at Skyline College in San Bruno, where she has headed the ceramics program for 10 years. She has also taught ceramics at San Francisco State University, Merritt College, Cosumnes River College, Cabrillo College, as well as workshops and community classes throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She lives and has a studio in San Francisco, CA.

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