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Ron Meyers
Contemporary Ceramist
American
Ron Meyers was teaching elementary art in upstate New York when he decided to go back to college to work on a master's degree.  The first class he took was in ceramics, and he was "smitten."  He then entered the M.F.A. program at the School for American Craftsmen of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a remedial student for the first year, "with the promise that if I displayed potential, I would become a full-fledged candidate the second year."

While at RIT, Meyers studied with Hobart Cowles and Frans Wildenhain.  "Hobart handled the technical side: clays, glazes and glaze calculation, firing, shop maintenance, all the nuts and bolts stuff of the studio," Meyers remembers.  "Frans was in charge of the aesthetics or, as he liked to refer to it, 'the God and wind.'

"What I was to really learn from Frans was the type of commitment and passion that it took to be an artist.  In turn, Meyers passed along this commitment to his own students, first at the University of South Carolina, then at the University of Georgia.

Ron Meyers now lives and works in Athens, Georgia, producing soft, slightly funky forms with expressive drawings in slips and underglazes on earthenware. His designs lean heavily toward animal themes and evoke symbol and myth. His work reveals a utilitarian tendency - teabowls, plates and vessels are common elements.


Artist Objects

Platter L91.1.7


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