Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers, is a ceramicist currently living in Georgia. He works primarily
in red earthenware clay that is wheel thrown and hand altered. Meyers work
is identifiable by its loose, gestural style and the unique slip/under-glaze decorations
that adorn them.
Contemporary Issues
Conflict is the central theme of Meyers' work. Meyers is known for decorating his
work with lively, anthropomorphic animals. Often times Meyers juxtaposes these
animals together to illustrate the predator/prey relationship. However, Meyers
often challenges perceptions of these relationship by his depictions of these creatures.


Artist's Statement

"Working in clay and making functional pottery has never been a problem for me. I have never felt the need to dismiss or disregard the concept of function because it was something less than art. I have never found making useful pieces confining or restrictive. In fact, I find that the opposite seems true. The longer I stay involved, the more alternatives and possibilities there are that seem to present themselves. Along with the functional aspects of the piece, I strive to have the end product reflect my own sensitivity and awareness to the material itself and its traditions. The pieces that I'm most pleased with are those that come closest to best integrating the form and surface, the spontaneity and fluidity of the clay along with the object's use."


Ron Meyers holds a 1967 M.F.A. degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, and B.S. (1956) and M.S. (1961) degrees in art education from State University of New York College at Buffalo. He taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from 1967-1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia in Athens where he retired as Professor Emeritus. Meyers has taught elementary students in the U.S. as well.

In 2008 Ron Meyers was awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching award.
NCECA stands for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award are individuals who are near
or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching; have demon-
strated excellence in their own creative work; have previous recognition for
and a history of awards in teaching; and have highly visible former students
in the field.


TeachingUniversity of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1972-1992, retired,Emeritus University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1967-1972meyers_plate.jpgMeyers_candlestick.jpgClick here for a demonstration of Ron Meyers working

BibliographyMarian, Paula. "Ron Meyers' Demonstration." NCECA 20, no. 2 (1999): 56-62.Rick Berman. "Ron Meyers, thirty years." Clay Times 01, no. 8 (1995): 04-10.Morganthal,Deborah. The Penland Book of Ceramics: Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques. 1 ed. Morganthal, Tourtillot. New York: Lark Books, 2008.