I make pottery as an active participant in the coming together of people, sharing, and the enjoyment of food. Eating a beautifully prepared meal creates a celebration. I make pieces of service and I make interaction. I build my pottery using a range of techniques from the coil and slab to the wheel, responding to the mark of my hand in each. Form and surface are tightly intertwined, one setting up the other. My floral motifs are a mapping out of cone six glazes that enable me to consider the design, color, as well as sheen and viscosity of each glaze creating surfaces with tension, movement, and subtle shifts in texture.
Coming to the Clay Studio I bring my excitement for expanding on these aspects of my work. I have been working from home during the Stay In Place period of Covid-19 and am eager to make. I have plans to push through ideas in series, learning through repetition, focusing on the volume of jars with their round bellies to exaggerate the tension of the glaze, and the open slope of a bowl as a useful canvas. I am so excited to get to know Philadephia as a city and become part of the creative community of The Clay Studio. This is an amazing opportunity for me as an emerging artist to invest in my studio practice and focus on my career.
Ruth Easterbrook was first introduced to clay in high school, finding confidence and pleasure in making pots. From here she pursued a BFA in Ceramics at Syracuse University graduating in 2007. After she apprenticed and assisted various ceramic artists. Important to her personal growth was an eight-week course at Penland School of Craft, where she discovered new tools of problem-solving through hand-building techniques. Anderson Ranch Arts Center became a valuable resource, through extensive time there as a student, then intern and returning as the Artist in Residence. In 2019 she completed her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University. Most recently Ruth was the Artist in Resident at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University Office of the Arts where she is moving from to join the Clay Studio as an Artist in Resident in fall 2020.
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