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Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers is one of the most influential artists and educators living in America today. He's helped revitalize the American studio pottery, has brought about new sculptural approaches and has singularly influenced several generations of young artists. Working with red earthenware, Ron's functional pots are made in a casual and spontaneous manner reflecting the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process. His narrative, colored slip paintings of rats, fish, bats, rabbits, chickens, etc. that float on the surface in a gestural expressionistic style can be both provocative and confrontational.

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Ron Meyers at MudFire

Workshop presenter with Rick Berman Friends Reflecting on 35 Years, May 2007
Workshop special guest with Tony Clennell Selling Everything But Out, February 2006


Ron Meyers Artist Bio

Ron Meyers holds a 1967 M.F.A. degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, and B.S. (1956) and M.S. (1961) degrees in art education from State University of New York College at Buffalo. He taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from 1967-1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia in Athens where he retired as Professor Emeritus.

Ron has an extensive history of professional activities within the ceramics community. He has been an artist-in-residence at Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC as well as at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. He served as a juror for the 1999 National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts annual meeting in Columbus, OH, The Utilitarian Ceramic National at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA, The Handcrafted Exhibition at Rocky Mount, NC. He has conducted many workshops and demonstrations in the US and abroad, recently at the Dan Finch Studio, Bailey, NC, with Rudy Autio; La Meridiana Studio of Certaldo, Italy; Arrowmont School of Art, Gatlinburg, TN; Metchosin International School, Victoria, B.C.; Haystack Crafts School, Deer Isle, ME; Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Recent exhibitions of Mr. Meyers' include: Taking Measure, American Art at the Millennium, Yoeju, Korea; American Shino, Babcock Galleries, New York City; The National Ceramics Invitational, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA; 21st Century Ceramics, Columbus, OH; and one man shows at AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA; and Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Working with red earthenware, Ron's functional pots are made in a casual and spontaneous manner reflecting the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process. His narrative, colored slip paintings that float on the surface in a gestural expressionistic style can be both provocative and confrontational.

Ron Meyers Artist Resume

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1972-1992, retired, Emeritus
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1967-1972
Related Teaching:
West Virginia Studies Abroad Program, Jingdezhen, China
MudFire Clayworks, Decatur, GA
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Pottery Workshop in Tuscany, Certaldo, Italy
Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada University of Alaska, Juneau, AK
Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Chester Springs, Chester Springs, PA
Clay Factory, Tampa, FL
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Peter's Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Penland School, Penland, NC
Wesleyan Potters Guild, Middletown, CT
Cleveland Art Institute, Cleveland, OH
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CC
Lectures, Workshops:
Casper Community College, Casper, WY
San Juan Community College, Farmington, NM
Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park IL
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Florida Craftsmen Guild, St. Petersburg, FL
Highwater Clay Co, Asheville, NC
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Ceramic League of Miami, Miami, FL
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH
NC Potters Conference, Asheboro, NC
Rudy Autio, Ron Meyers, "Clay: An Artist's Canvas", Finch Studio,
Bailey, NC
Northern Iowa University, Cedar Falls, IA
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts, Victoria, BC,
Utah State University, Logan, UT
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Fusion: ACC, SE Regional Conference, Longwood College,
Farmville, VA
Worchester Center for Crafts, Worchester, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
Pocosin Arts Cabin Fever Reliever II, Columbia, NC
New Mexico Potters Guild, Albuquerque, NM
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Functional Ceramics Workshop, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
Drawing Across the Media, Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts,
Winston Salem, NC
2000 National Symposium, Utilitarian Clay III: Celebrate the
Object, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN
Arizona Clay Association, Phoenix, AZ
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
University of Houston Clearlake, Clearlake, TX
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference,
Columbus, OH
Florida Craftsman Conference, Tallahassee, FL
Lill Street Galleries, Chicago, IL
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
MEYERS, AUTIO, VOULKOS, Peter Callas Studios, Belvidere, NJ
Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Odyssey Studios, Highwater Clays, Asheville, NC
Vermont State Craft Center, Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IO
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Virginia Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA
Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. Portland, Or
Alabama Clay Conference, Florence, AL
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Richboro, PA
Potters Gathering, Cedar Lakes Craft Center, Ripley, WV
POTS: Focus on Functional Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Artist In Residence:
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC
Penland School, Penland, NC
Bush Foundation Artist Fellow Awards, Minneapolis, MN
"Utilitarian Ceramic National", Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
"Handcrafted Exhibition", Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
1999 National Council for Education of Ceramic Arts, National
Exhibition, Columbus, OH
"From Shoulder to Foot", Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
"Wood Fired Ceramics", Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
One Man Exhibitions:
Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN
National Figure Ceramic Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
Pots in Portland, NCECA Exhibit, Japanese Gardens, Portland, OR
Visceral Vessel, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
Ron Meyers and the Royal Canadians, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA
AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Brescia University, Owensboro, KY
Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Moreau Art Gallery, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
RON MEYERS, L Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Ron Meyers: Thirty Years, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
MIA Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair , FL
A.K. Hinds Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC
Pro-Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
W.B. Grey Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, SC
Select Two Artist, Group Exhibitions:
"The Useful Teapot", Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
"In Our Cups", SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Gas It Up: Salt, Soda and Slip, Potters Guild of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Sphere of Influence, Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL
Animal Instincts, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Elevating the Utilitarian: Transforming the Vessel Through Surface Decoration, Parkland College, Champaign, IL
21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
Perspectives, Georgia Potters and Collectors, Watkinsville, GA
Six Potters by the Sea, Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Guala, CA
Ceramic Functional Invitational, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
Edinboro University National Ceramics Invitational, Edinboro, PA
Funtional Connections, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
"Body In Clay", Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO
NY Teaparty, Dai Ichi Gallery, New York, NY
Taking Measure: American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium, WOCEK Exhibition, Yeoju, Korea
American Shino, Babcock Galleries, New York, NY
Muses of the Wild: Animal inspirations, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
Mug Shots, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Great Teachers: Great Legacies, WDO Gallery, Charlotte, NC
TWELVE POTTERS: Contemporary American Pottery, Troyer Gallery, Washington, DC
Potters Colloquium and Exhibition, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
Figures: Alone and Together, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Handmade: Shifting Paradigms, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Redware: Tradition and Beyond, Clay Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
EBERLE, KRAUS, MEYERS--Storytellers, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
MEYERS-SIMON, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
Salt and Soda, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
"On the Surface". Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Common Borders, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Wood Fired Ceramics, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MS
Message in a Bottle, Contemporary Pictorial Pots, Hand Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Ron Meyers, Michael Simon, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Vessels: Three Views; Dailey, Meyers, Turner, Milliken Art Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
Figure in Clay, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
47th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Claremont College, Claremont, CA
New Clay at the Nash, K.E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
20th Functional Ceramics Show, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
Potter's Potters, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Closures, Northwest Clay symposium, Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Davis Art Gallery, Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI