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Recent photo of Meryl Ruth and her Muse, Lily.

Meryl Ruth and her Muse, Lily

 

My art is my means of expressing love, beauty, truth and faith. Trained as a painter, I grew, evolved and emerged a ceramicist. My work with the wheel-thrown form reflects the fact that process is uncommonly important to me.

Among my construction techniques are altering, as well as throwing. The sensation of the clay, especially of porcelain, attracts me. Hours pass. I paint or air-brush or silkscreen, blissfully immersed in adorning my vessel. I might use a Dremel drill to pierce one vessel's surface or the sgraffito technique to reveal underlying color in another.

I enjoy the feeling of working on clay in its most delicate form --- the greenware state. It is an awe-inspiring sensation, much like that of caressing a delicate creature or newborn child.

Time doesn't matter to me. I work on several pieces at once, sometimes for months, even years. Each finished vessel is unique. To me, the success of a piece is the love and connection I feel during it creation. My goal is to learn and grow with each of my creations, to perceive new insights that go beyond shape, color or technique.

My work is an extension of my faith. I create because I was blessed with a sacred gift --- as I believe we all are --- as well as the talent to bring it to fruition. Creating art is my way of thanking God for the gift bestowed upon me. Creating is a hallowed place I enter to touch my Higher Source. I see myself simply as a vehicle of God's divining grace. My studio is my sanctuary. My work is my prayer.

Meryl Ruth

 

 

Wheel throwing creates ceramic objects from raw clay on a potter's wheel Click to open Glossary. Altering modifies the shape of a work created on a potter's wheel by hand or with simple tools. Click to open Glossary. Ceramicist is an artist who works in ceramics creating three-dimensional works of art from clay preworked and fired to high heat in a kiln. Click to open Glossary. Hand-building creates ceramic art objects entirely by the hands of the artist alone or with simple tools. Click to open Glossary. Clay is soft wet earthy material that is preworked and fired at high heat to form ceramic objects. Click to open Glossary. Silk-screening is a method of transferring images to the surface of a ceramic work. Click to open Glossary. Dremel drill creates a pattern of small holes in the surface of a ceramic work for decorative purposes. Click to open Glossary. Sgraffito is a technique for applying glaze to the surface of a ceramic work and then rubbing it off to leave highlights in the crevices. Click to open Glossary. Clay is soft wet earthy material that can be preworked, decorated and fired at high kiln heat to create ceramic art objects. Click to open Glossary. Greenware is the state of clay that is leather-hard when raw preworked clay is allowed to dry. Click to open Glossary. Air-brushing delivers a thin nebulized coat of liquid to the surface of a ceramic work by means of an air-spray device. Click to open Glossary. Wheel throwing creates ceramic objects from raw clay on a potters wheel. Click to open Glossary. Porcelain is a type of stoneware clay used to create hard, durable, fine-grain, nonporouse ceramic art objects by firing to high kiln heat. Click to open Glossary.