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Mya Cluff

Ceramic Artist in Belgrade, Montana

Mya is a ceramic artist living in the small town of Belgrade, Montana. Originally an Oregonian, she uprooted her PNW roots in 2017 to move to Montana and immerse herself in the rich clay culture found in the Big Sky state. A mother of two children, Mya is intrigued with the psychological, political and interpersonal ramifications of the maternal experience, and uses her own experience as well as the experiences of her peers to inform her work. She also draws much inspiration from written accounts on Motherhood, feminist literature, and folklore. Mya has been included in many group exhibitions, and exhibited her first solo show in the summer of 2021 at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman, MT. She received her BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon, during which she had her first child, and her work has focused on the maternal experience ever since her undergrad thesis body of work which highlighted the transition to motherhood.




  • BFA in Craft, Concentration: Ceramics, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR spring 2017



[Solo denoted with *, Duo denoted with **, Invitational denoted with ∆, Featured Artist Denoted with^, Group are unmarked]


  • (Upcoming) Mixed Emotions [∆}, Concurrent NCECA Exhibition, Richmond VA

  • (Upcoming) Esprit de Corps [∆], Concurrent NCECA Exhibition, Richmond VA

  • (Upcoming) The Measure of Her Creation [∆], JKR Gallery, Provo UT


  • Faces and Figures, [**] with Don Hoskisson, Chehalem Art Center, Newberg, OR

  • Montana Clay Tour, Giselle Hicks Studio, Helena MT 

  • (Upcoming) 2023 OCAC Alumni Biennial, X Gallery & Art Storage, Portland OR


  • Thinking With Animals, [∆] Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH

  • Where Do I End, and You Begin?, [*,∆] Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA

  • Pandemic Motherhood, [**] with Brooke Bowen, Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT

  • Once of Mud, [∆} George Fox University, NW Wood Firing Conference (NWWFC) concurrent exhibition, Newberg, OR

  • Montana Clay Tour, Chip Clawson Studio, Helena MT

  • The Family Portrait (Juried by Kukuli Velarde), The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

  • 9th Annual Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT


  • MAM’s Big Night, 2021 Benefit Art Auction, Hosted by Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

  • Where Do I End and You Begin?, [*] Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, MT

  • Maternochronics, Online exhibition, 

  • Reflections on a Mother in Heaven, [∆] Anthony's Fine Art & Antiques, Salt Lake City, UT

  • 8th Annual Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

  • Acting Balance[d], [^] Spilt Milk Members Show, '21, online exhibition,


  • Figures and Portraits - Juried Group Show, Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, MT 

  • Isolation: Week Four, Stay Home Gallery, Instagram. Curated by Kaylan Buteyn and Pam Marlene Taylor 

  • Everything is Different Now, Stay Home Gallery and Residency, Paris TN 

  • Hear Us Roar!: An Exhibition Exploring the Experience of Being a Woman, Curated by Katie Bradford Osborn, Virtual Exhibition at 

  • Powerful Little Things, Curated by Katie Bradford Osborn, Virtual Market & Exhibition at


  • Dynamic: A Celebration of the Female Experience, (Featured Artist) AVA Community Art Center, Gillette, WY

  • Unwedged (National Juried Exhibition by Tip Toland), Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

  • re:birth, Hosted by Spilt Milk, St. Margarets House, Edinburgh, Scotland UK


  • Fulcrum, 321 NE Davis, Portland OR

  • BFA Orals Exhibition Week Four, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR

  • OCAC Ceramics Showcase, OCAC Ceramics Department, Portland OR

  • Ashes and Flux, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Art Center, Newberg OR (Concurrent NCECA exhibition)

  • Urban Artist Showcase, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Art Center, Newberg OR


  • Book and Print Department Exhibition, Brookwood Library, Hillsboro OR

  • OCAC Juried Student Show, Hoffman Gallery, Portland OR

  • Identity, City Club of Portland, Portland OR


  • OCAC Ceramics Showcase, Centrum Gallery, Portland, OR

  • Cross Section: Work from OCAC Department Chairs and Their Students, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR

  • I Almost Got Lost Getting Here, California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, CA


  • OCAC Ceramics Showcase, Centrum Gallery, Portland, OR




  • Short Term Resident, Pentaculum, Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN


  • Short Term Resident, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT




  • Ascent Artist Grant, through Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

  • Mother Artist Grant, through Vision of the Arts, UT


  • Commitment to Craft Scholarship, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR


  • Presidential Scholarship, Oregon College of Art and Craft,Portland, OR


  • Leon Mulling Scholarship, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR



2019-2023 (currently involved)

  • Spilt Milk Member

2015-2023 (currently involved)

  • NCECA, National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts


  • Founding Board Member of Friends of East Creek, Non-Profit


  • OCAC Ceramics Guild Member


  • Firing Crew Member of East Creek Anagama, Willamina, OR



  • Ceramics Instructor (Hand building and Sculpture), Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, MT

  • Visiting and Demoing Artist, Linfield University, McMinnville OR

  • Visiting Artist, George Fox University, Newberg OR

  • Visiting Artist, PNCA, Portland OR

2022 ​

  • Studio Assistant for Beth Cavener, Studio 740

  • One Day Workshop: Sculpting on an Armature, hosted by Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane WA

  • Ceramic Instructor at the Bozeman Art Museum 


  • Crit Group Crew Mentor, [1:4 mentees], Jan-April Program, Artist/Mother Network 


  • Virtual One Day Workshop on Sculpting on Armature, Hosted by Kansas City Clay Guild


  • Production Potter at Mountain Arts Pottery, Bozeman MT



  • An Artist and a Mother, edited by Tara Carpenter Estrada, Heidi Moller Somsen and Kaylan Buteyn, published by Demeter Press (Chpt 26, pg 193)

  • Exponent II, Spring 2023 Vol. 42 No. 4, (pg. 39), Published quarterly by Exponent II, Editor in chief Rachel Rueckert


  •  Mothers Days, (pg. 117-119) published by An Artist Residency in Motherhood & Lenka Clayton



  • Featured on the Artist Parent Index


  • Whitworth University, Public Collection, Spokane, WA

  • Kolva-Sullivan, Private Collection, Spokane, WA

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