Modernism Week

Lynn Mahon

A Sonoma–based porcelain and clay artist finds his calling making works of art.

Ceramicist Lynn Mahon once thought he wanted to pursue a career in business or resort management. But, things quickly took a different direction for the Glen Ellen native in college. “I was enrolled as a business major, but I changed because I realized I really enjoyed ceramics more, and could see it as a lifestyle,” says Mahon, a Sierra Nevada College graduate. “At the time, I starting meeting several very influential ceramicists and experiencing the community they had created and the way they lived immersed in the craft daily. Like them, I too enjoyed the medium of working with my hands in clay.”

Mahon, who opened his studio in Mt. Veeder more than 12 years ago, now has a selection of works from plates to vases displayed at locations throughout the Bay Area including Jiun Ho in San Francisco and the Grand Hand Gallery in Napa. And, he admits he hasn’t wavered from his initial decision to become a ceramic artist. “Going back to my early working days, I have always enjoyed connecting to people and ceramics still gives me that,” adds Mahon. “I love creating vessels, and the hard work that comes hand-in-hand. It can vary from a delicate bowl, to a very large sculpture, and the process excites me. Any time I can share my work with someone interested and feel their reaction to it, that is what keeps me going and wanting to push even more.”