Meryl Ruth

Porcelain Grace

Cumberland, Maine




Contact Information:

17 Forest Lane
Cumberland, ME 04021


Directions to studio: From Portland Airport, take International Pkwy to Congress St; to Johnson Rd; then I-85 toward Lewiston; ME26 toward W Falmouth; Gray Rd to Blackstrap Rd; right to Forest Lake Rd; left to Forest Lane.

Artist Statement:

For almost two decades, I have been creating a body of ceramic art work that has become nationally and internationally recognized, exhibited and sold. My signature work is that of the teapot. My teapots are completely functional with lid, handle and spout, yet my main interest is in developing the unique artistry of each individual piece.


I use a variety of techniques to create my teapots. I use mostly stoneware clay or porcelain, often building my work by slab construction. I throw on the wheel, hand-build, sculpt, carve, create press molds, slip cast molds, and photo silkscreen on clay. I also airbrush glazes onto clay, use China paint techniques and an old clay slip technique I have revived, called lace draping.


I want to stay open to new ideas and new inventions. When in my studio I like to play, experiment, explore, wonder, push the envelope. I don’t mind making a mess, getting nowhere, getting frustrated, pondering mistakes and ending up somewhere I didn’t expect to be with my art. I like surprise, adventure, exploration and experimentation. I want to use old techniques in new ways. Product has never been as important to me as insight, growth and learning something new each time I create.

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