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Potato Head Ashtray



Potato Head Ashtray, stoneware, 5 x 5 x 6 inches tall

The Potato Head Ashtray features a stuck-out tongue to hold your favorite smokeable, and the smoke will then billow out of the open eyes. A fun addition to your smoking lounge.

Born and raised in Iowa, Matt Merkel Hess first made art in the studio of his mother, fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess. While studying journalism at The University of Kansas, he took a community pottery class and was hooked. After relocating to Los Angeles, he returned to school, studying at Pasadena City College, CSU-Long Beach, and received an MFA from UCLA in 2010.

He has exhibited widely, and has work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif.; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas; and The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa.

In 2015, Merkel Hess moved to New York City where he lives and works.