Ron Meyers: A Potter's Menagerie
March 22 – May 5, 2013
Ron Meyers, Platter with Rabbit, 2012, earthenware, gas-fired, 1 ½ x 15 inches, Collection of the Artist; Promised Gift to the Georgia Museum of Art.
Rats, fish, goats, rabbits, frogs, chickens and more—these are the animals that adorn the wildly colorful and functional ceramics of Ron Meyers. With a career spanning nearly fifty years, Meyers is one of the most prolific American ceramics artists working today; and through his spontaneous and expressionistic designs has influenced generations of studio potters.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Meyers received his Bachelor of Science (1956) and Master of Science (1961) degrees in art education from Buffalo State University (SUNY-Buffalo) and his Master of Fine Arts (1967) degree in ceramics from the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology. Upon graduating, Meyers served as the first instructor in ceramics at the University of South Carolina, Columbia (1967-1972) before moving to the University of Georgia, Athens, where he taught ceramics from 1972 until his retirement in 1993.
Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work and featured more than one hundred ceramics in a variety of forms—plates, platters, bowls, covered jars, yunomi (tea bowls)—as well as a selection of his rarely exhibited drawings. A full-color catalogue, published by the Arkansas Arts Center, accompanied the exhibition.
Windgate Charitable Foundation
The Hon. Robert L. and Charlotte B. Brown