I have always identified myself as an artist. My earliest childhood memories are in relation to paint, brushes, paper, clay, canvas, cloth and thread. Though my work can take many different forms, I am best known for my teapots which are created from ceramics, fiber or a combination of both.
I use many techniques to create ceramic teapots: throwing on the wheel; hand-building; press molds and slip cast molds; photo silk screening for image transfer on clay; painting and airbrushing; using China paints; lace draping.
For years, I have been drawn to ceramics. I cherish the feel of clay, the challenge of effecting deep, miraculous transformation, from wet clay to leather-hard, greenware, bisque, fired clay and glaze.
I fall in love with each stage as I am also compelled to bring it to its next manifestation. Sometimes, it feels that as the clay transforms, so do I – as if I am being molded, shaped, fired – a feeling both frightening and exhilarating. A part of this transformation was a kindling in me of a memory that though ceramics has been my passion; my first love is working with fiber – sewing, quilting, felting and fabric painting.
My love of fiber arts derives from my fondest memories of my grandmother, my “Nanny.” I spent hours with her in the upstairs room of her home where I watched her – and later learned from her – on her wonderful treadle sewing machine. That machine was itself a work of art. So was my grandmother. My memory is so vivid of her sitting with her foot pumping the pedal, the staccato hum of the machine, the sparkle of threads, the soft give of the cloth, my grandmother’s scent. I love the feel of fabric, the smell of it– the joy of soft transcendence, the sound of the machine – purring and humming its love.
In the unfolding of the history of my work, I feel the conflicting passions for clay and for fiber being played out in form, subject, texture and intent. Within the constraints of the elements of the teapot the eye is drawn and challenged to embrace the elements of fabric, metals, music and message. I am satisfied when the task of discovering harmony in disparity and contrast is as much an act of imagination for the beholder as it was for me as the artist.
Time doesn’t matter to me. I work on several pieces at once, sometimes for months, even years. Each finished art work is unique. To me, the success of a piece is the love and connection I feel during its 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. 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. My art is my means of expressing love, beauty, truth and faith. My studio is my sanctuary. My work is my prayer.
- Museum purchase by Kamm Teapot Foundation, Statesville, NC, June 2017
- Solo Show, Teapots and Textiles by Meryl Ruth, Maine Fiberarts Gallery, Topsham, ME, September-December 2016
- Niche Awards Finalist for Teapots, Buyers Market of American Craft, Washington, DC, 2016, 2015, 2014,
2013 (Winner), 2012 (Winner), 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 (Winner), 2006, 2005, 2004
- Museum purchases by Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC, April and June 2014
Museum purchases by Cafesjian Foundation and Arts Center
- Museum, Yerevan, Armenia, May 2012
- Big Fish, Small Pot V: Fifth International Small Teapot Competition and Show, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, Honorable Mention Award, February-March 2012
- Viewers’ Choice Awards, National Teapot Invitational VIII, Cedar Creek Gh2allery, Creedmoor, NC, May 2011
- Judges Choice Award, Portland Pottery Teapot Show, Portland, ME, April 2010
- International Design Award, Word Press, December 2008
- Women’s Choice Award, Bridgton Chickadee Quilters Quilt Show, Bridgton, ME, July 2008
- Third International Invitational Teapot Competition, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, Honorable Mention, February 2008
- People’s Choice Award, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization, Texas Teapot Tournament, January 2008
- Richella Robinson Memorial Award, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization, Texas Teapot Tournament, January 2007
- Solo Exhibition, Stretch Gallery, Funk-Tion-National, November 2004-January 2005
Award, Biennial 2004, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, September-October 2004
- International Small Teapot Show, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, Honorable Mention, February 2004
- Tea Time Invitational Exhibition, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME, November 2018-March 2019
- Teapots! Twelfth Invitational Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-May 2018
- Teapots: Real and Imagined, Invitational Ceramic Art Exhibit, Craft Gallery, Rockland, ME, July-August 2018
- Every Fiber of My Being, Invitational Fiber Art Exhibition, Fernald Gallery, Hutchinson Center, Univ of Maine, Belfast, ME, Feb-May 2018
- A Common Thread, Juried Exhibition, Textile Center Galleries, Minneapolis, MN, January-March 2018
Eleventh Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston Potters Guild, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization, Houston, TX, January 2018
- Maine Art Educators Exhibit, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, September-October, 2017
- Teapot: A National Juried Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, September-October 2017
- National Teapot Exhibit X, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC, May-September 2017
- Teapots! Eleventh Invitational Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-June 2017
- Portals: Works by Maine Art Education Association Members, USM Art Gallery, Gorham, ME, January-March 201 7
- Tenth Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization (CAMEO), Houston, TX, January-February 2017
- Solo Show: Teapots and Textiles by Meryl Ruth, Maine Fiberarts Gallery, Topsham, ME, September-December 2016
- Teapots! Tenth Invitational Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-May 2016
- Ninth Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization (CAMEO), Houston, TX, January-February 2016
- Art Quilt Elements 2016 International Juried Competition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March-April 2016
- Four Elements and Five Senses, Saco Museum, Maine Art Teacher Assoc Members Exhibition, Saco, ME, January-March 2016
- Ninth Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization, Houston, TX, January-February 2016
- Niche Awards Exhibit 2016 Finalist, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Washington, DC, January 2016
- Fired Up, National Juried Competition, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME, July-August 2015
- National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY, June-July 2015
- Teapots! Ninth Invitational Exhibit, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-June 2015
- Niche Awards Exhibit 2015 Finalist, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Washington, DC, February 2015
- Eighth Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX, January 2015
- Teapots! Invitational Exhibition, Bella Arte Gallery, Midlothian, VA, October-November 2014
- Reap and Sow, Maine Art Educators Association (MAEA) Exhibit, Portland, ME, October 2014
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) 2014 Biennial Exhibition,
- Rockport, ME, September-December 2014
- Unorthodox Crafts Invitational Exhibit, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, ME, December 2014-January 2015
- Let There Be Light Invitational Exhibit, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, ME, December 2014
- 2014 Biennial Members Exhibition, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, October 2014-January 2015
- National Teapot Invitational IX, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC, June-September 2014
- Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, September-December 2014
- Teapots! 8th Invitational Exhibition Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-June 2014
- Maine Art Educators Association, Saco Museum, Members Exhibit, Saco, ME, January-March 2014
- Niche Awards Exhibit 2014, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, January 2014
- CraftBoston Holiday Show 2013, Boston Society of Arts and
- Crafts/Massachusetts Crafts Association, Boston, MA, December 2013
- Niche Awards Exhibit 2013, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, February 2013
- Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Art Museum and Educational Organization (CAMEO), 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX, Jan 2013
- Teapots 7! Invitational Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April-June 2013
- 100 Teapots VI Juried Exhibition, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. January-February 2013
- Aarhus Gallery, Cambridge, MA
- Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA
- Cafesjian Center for the Arts and Museum, Yerevan, Armenia
- Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
- Craftsman House, St. Petersburg, FL
- Da Vinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth, ME
- Dishtopia, Tampa, FL
- Galeria of Sculpture, Palm Beach, FL
- Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
- Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics, South Portland, ME
- Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC
- Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
- Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
- Petroff Gallery, Toronto, Canada
- Portals Ltd, Chicago, IL
- River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
- San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
- The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA
- Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
- A Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art
- Ceramic Arts Galleries
- Fuller Craft Museum
- Maine Craft Association
- Porcelain Painters International Online
- Portland Museum of Fine Arts
- Potter’s Council
- Master of Arts, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-12), 1982. Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1977, School of Visual Arts, Boston University, Boston, MA.
- Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. Took many courses over the years in both the ceramics and printmaking departments.
- Extensive coursework including wheel-thrown ceramics, firing, hand building, glaze calculation and fabric painting.
- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1971-1972. Art and design foundations program.