10 Questions for Ron Meyers
*PRODUCTS are at the bottom of this page
What was the impetus for becoming a ceramic artist?
Of all the art forms that I was exposed to, in college, it was clay that I felt closest to. I think it was the physical nature of the material and process that sucked me in.
What inspires your forms and surfaces?
Utility. Making useful pieces seemed to me the right thing to do. The use of surface decoration has been inspired by the various cultures that adorn their work with animals and figures which surround them.
Who are your favorite artists?
My favorite artist? So many, from English slipware of the 1900’s, to the Greeks, Japanese, and the Mimbres. One of my favorites is Henry Varnum Poor, who wrote the inspirational book about clay From Mud to Immortality.
How did your current aesthetic style come to be?
It’s been a slow evolution, over the many years since 1968 til now.
What is your favorite form to make?
I do not have a favorite form to make, I enjoy making them all.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Work, work and more work. Plus, look at the history of clay!
Do you have other creative outlets/practices?
Occasionally. I do some drawing, painting with oil sticks and water colors. Also, I keep a sketch book of forms and images that I can refer to.
If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?
In my teenage years, I wanted to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees. Needless to say, reality set in and I was fortunate to discover clay.
Any favorite meal/food?
Maybe fried perch on Lake Erie.
What has been your most memorable trip/vacation/residency?
Difficult to say, perhaps the one that was most inspirational was a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. They have a large and inspiring collection of English slipware.