Devin joined us this summer as our first ever intern at the pottery. We really enjoyed having his quick wit and strong back around. He has been a great neighbor and is just generally a good guy. I know that Joseph will miss his company in the workshop. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!
Devin McKim hails from Raleigh, NC originally and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at East Carolina University, where he’s focusing on regional NC Ceramics and their evolution. Other things he’s interested in are: Blacksmithing, cast iron, aluminum and bronze, steel fabrication, architecture, drawing, design, photography, visual culture, and sailing. Thanks for reading!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I really like drawing so I wanted to do something that would allow me to do that. At some point I really wanted to be an architect and that was something I worked towards for a while, but life had other plans for me.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. My undergrad degree is from North Carolina State University.
Was art your favorite subject as a child?
Believe it or not I was always really good at Social Studies. I enjoyed learning about the past.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would have to be working for myself. I don’t thrive under really rigid deadlines and work schedules, and I don’t like having to answer to other people. Ideally it’d be making art.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Have you seen the movie ‘Scarface’? I definitely don’t want to be there. Jokes aside, I don’t have a really clear direction, and that’s by intention. I’d like to live in Montana, but only for a few years.
I can’t say I have just one biggest inspiration. There have been all kinds of people who have helped me develop myself into the person that I am and it’d be unfair to say I have one biggest inspiration. That being said, I really like Bob Dylan.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Oxygen is probably at the top of the list. After that, maybe ice cream sandwiches?
You’re an adventurous eater. What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? Did you like it?
I can’t think of many things that I’ve eaten and not liked. Scrapple was interesting. I really like the bizarre meats you can get at authentic Mexican taquerias, like tongue, and cheek meat.
And the only serious question on the list:
Did you feel like the internship was beneficial to your education? In what way? What could have been done differently to make it more successful?
I feel like this internship was very beneficial to me. Not only did I get a long term exposure to the management of a small business but I also go to participate in what I’ve described as the ‘North Carolina School’ of traditional craft, which is a legacy of potters in central NC who have descended from a somewhat common source of Michael Cardew in England. It has allowed me to see how the legacy has, and continues to, evolve. The only thing that could have made it more successful would be if the internship were longer. If the internship had gone over the course of several firing cycles I feel like it really would have caused a substantial development in my technical and theoretical limits.