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 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.