POTS BY RITA
POTS BY RITA
Artist: Rita Shields – Studio Potter
Ceramics: new porcelain mixed-color clay - wall-hung reptile sculptures, bowls, platters, vases, canisters, mugs
"My desire to work with clay started at a very young age with making clay dishes and food in the back yard with my siblings. The passion never left and I started my education in high school where I attended Ed Park in Grand Rapids, MI. From 1978 to 1989, I attended pottery classes at Grand Rapids Junior College. In 1990, I started my own home studio and have been making pots full time ever since. I’ve been selling them at juried art fairs in the mid-west for the last 20 years. In the past I taught at UICA in Grand Rapids, MI. I’ve also had the opportunity to share my passion and work with the youth around our community as a guest teacher at several of the area schools.
I consider myself a lifetime learner and try to attend 1 or 2 workshops a year. I chose clay as a medium, because it will always teach you something new. My work is mostly thrown on the potter’s wheel with hand built decorations. Inspired from family camping trips when my children were young a series of work emerged. This series has since evolved into the reptile work on my pots today."
This work is made from colored porcelain clay. Thin layers are rolled and stacked, then slices are added to a pinch pot and then stretched in a form that is thrown and bisque. When dryer, the bowls surface is scraped to show the colored pattern below. My inspiration for these forms is banded agates made by mother nature.
- Rita Shields