Art - Ceramics - Beth Mueller

I am often asked why I do what I do. For as long as I can remember I have made things. Growing up in rural Indiana it was a way to entertain myself. It was then I developed a love for handmade things in a very organic way. As children we explored the barn on my grandmammy’s farm and found buried treasure in the form of hand thrown crockery. Every morning I awoke to the lovely colors and patterns in her quilts. Beautiful bottles and yarn’s were part of the household landscape.

In college I studied art in a more formal manner. I worked in a printmaking studio in Italy. This had a profound effect on me. It was there more colors and textures entered my vocabulary. I developed a passion for certain painters and architects and just to be with their work was better than any feast. However, on a personal level it was always the immediacy and honesty of designing and making things that compelled me.

At this juncture, I have a family. Art and commerce become more intertwined; a bit more complicated; a bit more reality oriented. However, the focus and goal remain the same. I strive to produce strong and clear and honest objects. My small contribution to the landscape.



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