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Molly Rivera is a ceramic artist currently residing in Hutchinson, MN. In 2017 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana in 2020. She has taught several courses at the University of Montana, as well as community classes at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2018 she was a co-director at FrontierSpace Gallery in Missoula, MT and in 2020 she began working as the Gallery Associate for Clay Coyote Pottery in Hutchinson, MN. Molly is currently the Executive Director for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is part of permanent collections at the Tweed Museum of Art and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. When she’s not working, Molly spends her time outside gardening and biking, or enjoying a meal with friends and family.
My work explores the objects that adorn our homes and carry meaning through the stories, experiences, and memories that they evoke. The forms I create are inspired by family heirlooms – the objects that are passed down through generations connecting us to our past and informing our personal narrative. I use imagery inspired by the patterns and textures of traditional textile crafts such as quilting, knitting, and embroidery which have a rich background in the domestic space. I am also inspired by the imagery and history of folktales. Much like our familial objects, folktales were passed down through generations and celebrated day-to-day experiences of humanity. When form and imagery combine, my work highlights the ways we imbue our personal objects with meaning to preserve our stories and memories.