Andrew Rivera (Hutchinson, MN) received his BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, MN) and completed the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) program at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN). Most recently, Rivera completed a long-term residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula (Missoula, MT). Currently, he is a studio potter at Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery (Hutchinson, MN). Informed by his experience as a Mexican American, Rivera’s work is inspired by pre-Columbian forms, 19th century Mexican printmakers, and personal experiences and references both his heritage and love of food and drink. Bringing together themes spanning both historical and contemporary culture while connecting two distinct cultures of his heritage, Rivera’s functional ceramic works circumnavigate identity and invite the user to explore his inspirations.