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Ruth Easterbrook

Biography to Display: 

1984 Born Redwood Valley, California



2007, BFA Ceramics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 

2019, MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York  



2006-2009 Apprentice, Production Thrower, Hoyman-Browe Studios, Ukiah, California 

2009-2010 Studio Assistant, Whitney Smith Pottery, Oakland, California 

2016 Artist-in-Residence, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado   

2019-2020 Artist in Residence, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at  Harvard, Allston, Massachusetts 

2020 Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  



2011 Certified TEFL Instructor, Buenos Aires, Argentina 


Ruth Easterbook is known for hand built functional plates, vessels, butter dishes, and other serving pieces, created with slabs, pinched clay, and molds, in a midrange red clay fired in oxidation. The surface techniques include treatment with underglazes, terra sigilatta, glaze pencils, wax resist, sgrafittoand a transparent glaze.  

Surface design is influenced by the illustrators Tomi dePaolo and Maurice Sendlak. 


Bibliography to Display: 

Cliff, Courtney. “9 Makers Share Secrets of Staying Creative on the Daily. Brit + Co., Sept. 16, 2014 

Easterbrook, Ruth. “In the Studio: Ceramic Watercolor Surfaces.” Pottery Making Illustrated, Nov – Dec. 2015 issue. 

Penland School of Crafts. “Ruth Easterbrook’s New Love,” Penland Sketchbook Blog Post, May 30, 2014. 



Artist's Studio: The Clay Studio


Typical Marks

 “Re” is applied with mid-range glaze with a slip-trailed bottle onto raw clay on base of pot.  

White Flower Cup
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sgraffito, Terra Sigillata, Underglaze, Wax Resist
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Wall Flower Plate
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Heleabore Flower Cup
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Ceramic Pencil, Glaze, Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 12, 2023.