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Local Artist

Ruth Conley - Ceramics

Functional, useful pottery full of texture, color, and whimsy

Studio Discovery Tour artist Ruth Conley After first touching clay on a wheel in 1995, I couldn't stop.
Until I was able to change my career goals and work hours, I didn't make time for art in my life. And until 1995, I was unsure which art form was meant for me.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Ruth Conley: Funky Chicken Me, clay, and a new passion . . .
Clay opened a passion I'd been searching for. I began a weekly beginning wheel class, quickly moving to studio visits three times a week. For 10 years I studied and learned under the tutelage of master potter, Tom Collins, in a Sonoma clay program. I then set up my own clay studio at The Sea Ranch.

Color, texture, and movement . . .
I think function first. I am inspired by all things useful. From there the creativity begins, and the colors, textures, and movements in the Northern California coast area are my stimulation.

The wheel, the clay, and hand built fruit . . .
Studio Discovery Tour artist Ruth Conley: Bowl of Apples My first love is creating forms on the wheel, primarily with porcelain clay (oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe). I also enjoy hand building and sculpture. In addition, I produce a line of hand built fruits and vegetables created with low fire clay and bright painted glazes.

The joy of it all . . .
Although I love to create things and sell them, it is the doing that gives me joy. It is a great satisfaction to see my pieces used in the home or displayed in the garden.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Ruth Conley

Contact Information:

Ruth Conley
PO Box 33
Stewarts Point, CA 95480

Phone: 707-785-3812

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