FINDING MY STYLE IN CLAY
Ceramics has been my passion for many years now, I think it began when I was playing with mud and play dough as a kid. My formal training in ceramics is marked by a summer study in 2002 at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) where I saw ceramics as a possible career path. From there I went to Syracuse University to earn my BFA in ceramics in 2007. Since graduating, I apprenticed at Hoyman-Browe Pottery in Ukiah and worked as a studio assistant for Whitney Smith Pottery in Oakland. After taking a year to get to know South America—and a little more about myself—I started my own studio and committed myself to taking the time to create Ruth Easterbrook Ceramics.
My artwork is inspired by my surroundings and my previous studies. When I work I combination the deep love and appreciation I have for children’s book illustrations, art history and patterns with natural forms and characters I see in plants and animals around me in my daily life. I strive to create pieces that combine whimsy and formal tecniques into carefully crafted utilitarian art. Not only do I want you to fall in love with the charm and detail I put into my ceramics: I also want you to discover the joy of using handcrafted pottery in your daily life.