Patricia Griffin is an expressive ceramist whose unique work captures the natural beauty of the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art has been looking forward to showcasing By The Sea: Ceramics by Patricia Griffin from May 5 – July 2, 2017. Griffin’s new body of artwork features colorful graphic interpretations of plants, animals, and rhythms of Griffin’s natural environment.
Patricia Griffin grew up in Bakersfield, California in a family of newspaper publishers and printers. Her time spent in the printing shop as a child is reflected in the graphic sensibility and functionality of her artwork. After completing an education in journalism and founding a successful advertising and marketing firm, Griffin was, “feeling a sense of creative burnout.” In search of a creative outlet, Griffin began taking art classes at a community college. Finding inspiration with clay, Griffin began taking all the ceramics classes she could.
Ten years ago, Griffin moved to Cambria and made the transition to full-time artist. She continues to perfect her individual style and sgraffito technique. Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is produced by applying layers of color to pottery and then scratching off parts of the layers to create contrasting images, patterns, and texture to reveal the clay color underneath. Today, Griffin’s ceramics have been shown in exhibitions across the country. Her artwork serves as a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us. It illustrates the integral role our natural environment has in creativity, artistry, and communal well-being.