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.
I love to try and balance fine art with the dedication and skill of craft. The utilitarian qualities of ceramics are what first grabbed my attention; now I am enjoying playing around with making my own unique pieces; or as I like to call is ‘ usable art’. I am inspired by the environment around me such as animals, plants and patterns. I have seen the direct influence materialize in my pieces. I hope you enjoy my work. – Ruth C. Easterbrook