Micah Cain & Ian Childers

Creative Campus intern Jason Doblin organized the visit of two up-and-coming ceramics artists, Micah Cain and Ian Childers, at The University of Alabama on April 15, 16, and 17, 2009.  Creative Campus in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History presented a gallery show and lecture in the Ferguson Gallery, a day of critiquing undergraduate and graduate artwork, and a one-day collaborative ceramics workshop that was free and open to the public. 

Ian Childers received his BFA in ceramics from Shorter College in 2004.  He received his MFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts in 2008.  He currently teaches Sculpture and Ceramics at Shorter College in Rome, GA.  Following his inclusion in the "Strictly Functional Pottery National” for both 2007 and 2008, he was chosen to participate in "The Crystalline Spectrum", a show hosting 50 of the top crystalline glaze potters in the world.

Micah Cain grew up in Rome, Georgia.  He was first introduced to the ceramic medium in his final year of high school.  Following two years of pursing an undeclared major, he transferred to Shorter College where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics.  Immediately following his graduation from Shorter, Micah moved to Atlanta to begin graduate studies at Georgia State University.  After receiving his Master’s of Fine Arts he decided to pursue an artistic life outside academia and is now one of four resident ceramic artists at the EnergyXchange. Micah Cain currently lives and works in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and is a resident artist at the EnergyXchange. He makes wheel thrown and hand-built sculptural forms. The beauty of the mountainous landscape and its rich community of contemporary artists serve as usable inspiration in his ceramic work.