Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers

\\\"Working in clay and making functional pottery has never been a problem for me. I have never felt the need to dismiss or disregard the concept of function because it was something less than art. I have never found making useful pieces confining or restrictive. In fact, I find that the opposite seems true. The longer I stay involved, the more alternatives and possibilities there are that seem to present themselves. Along with the functional aspects of the piece, I strive to have the end product reflect my own sensitivity and awareness to the material itself and its traditions. The pieces that I\\\'m most pleased with are those that come closest to best integrating the form and surface, the spontaneity and fluidity of the clay along with the object\\\'s use. \\\"


When Meyers first got interested in clay, it was the utilitarian aspect that drew him. \\\"I think you can stay within a utilitarian form and still have room to make plenty of statements. People always ask me whether I\\\'m a potter or an artist, I just say that I make pots but try to make them in an artistic way.\\\"


The pots seem on the verge of collapse, vessels that feel approachable, almost human. He throws on the wheel, then alters the shape to a less perfect form. His line is loose and rough. Drawing on the pots using slips, or carving into the clay, his images, with their wildly rendered, often confrontational figures-both human and animal-feel spontaneous and often agitated. Ron has always had a fascination with wood-fired pots, and in the last few years has begun to experiment with this method of firing his work.


Ron Meyers has been in clay for over 30 years. He is an internationally know artist whose work is collected in the US and abroad. Professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and he has taught courses and workshops throughout the country.

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