It is with great sadness that we share the passing of maker, mentor, Myth Buster, and friend, Jeremy ‘Aaron’ Mattia. Since his passing last week, friends and colleagues have been sharing stories of how Aaron impacted their lives and the maker community at large. He will be dearly missed here at The Crucible and by so many around the world.
The life and impact of a maker
Almost ten years ago, Aaron first came to The Crucible as a volunteer, sharing his wealth of knowledge with makers young and old. He quickly became a fixture of the studio, taking a number of classes and renting an on-site studio. “Aaron was known for his willingness to help others,” shared friend and colleague Celeste Flores. “Quietly caring for others by gifting things to them, giving them a ride or a hand—he was always happy to help and looked for no recognition for his kind deeds.”
A few years later, in 2016, Aaron began teaching in our Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art department where he eventually assumed the role of Department Head. He went on to teach in Foundry, Machine Shop, and Woodworking. Aaron taught dozens of classes and workshops from 2016-2019 before moving cross-country to New York state.