Through the process of building with a variety of techniques (wheel, slab, mold) my decisions as maker are impacted by the different touch and speed each method requires. My forms embody generosity and communicate utility that welcomes interaction and use. Often, I fall in love with the soft dewy surface of the leather hard pot, chasing silky matte glazes that recapture a similar sheen. Using a palette of glazes from matte to glossy I map out the decoration with the intent of collaborating with the firing to flux and move glaze across surfaces. I welcome happenstance and embrace the power of fire as it transforms wet earth to rock and ground rocks to a multitude of glazes.
— Ruth Easterbrook
She received her BFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 2007. After she apprenticed and assisted various ceramic artists and studios. She has shown work nationally at places such as Baltimore Clayworks and Carbondale Clay Center. A turning point in her personal growth took place while participating in an eight-week concentration at Penland School of Craft in 2014. Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been an important place of learning for Ruth, spending extensive time there are student, then summer intern and returning as the Artist in Residence in 2016. Most recently she earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University in 2019. Currently Ruth is the Artist in Resident at Harvard University Office of the Arts.