Maddie Gerig Shelly is a ceramic miniaturist and fine artist creating midcentury modern-inspired carefully crafted work. She grew up surrounded by dogs, her three older sisters and orchard trees, all of which continue to influence her and her work.
Gerig Shelly received her bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in Fine Art, with a focus in ceramics. She has received numerous awards and grants for her work including a Maple Scholars Research Grant in which she designed and built her own miniature pottery wheel. She has apprenticed with 8 artists across the United States, including her mentor and aunt, Jane Graber, a miniature ceramicist. Gerig Shelly is represented in galleries, stores and online venues across the United States and regularly shows in a variety of craft and miniatures expositions.
I am interested in capturing an intimate moment with the viewer: shared seconds of authenticity. Quiet forms, reflective mirror finishes and soft porcelain build the personality of my pieces and demonstrate my own search for authenticity and delight. The intimate scale of my miniatures begs the viewer to come close and relish the moment.
My work is the process of searching for the root of something very human and very tender.