"I am not so interested in copying nature, but responding to it. Structures, fragments, systems, referencing objects large and small; microscopic, telescopic, and that which can be viewed by the naked eye. Shapes and forms relating to the real world, symbolic of the microscopic world, suggesting their ecology and morphology.
My forms and surfaces are inspired by microscopic organisms and objects of pro-generation; engaging, interacting, effecting and suggesting potential. Cells, seeds, and the pods from which they emerge, are the connection to the continuation of a species. Made in both porcelain and red earthenware, the surfaces are sometimes glazed, shiny and soft, other times unglazed and dry, much like that found in nature. Some sharp and foreboding, others voluptuous and inviting. Where some are individuals, others may be grouped, stacked or part of larger spatial compositions installed on a wall, affected by placement and scale, and interaction. They change and are affected by their environment and each other. They are fragile, yet have delicate strength. Forces are applied, relationships created. Whether seen as individuals or part of a system, I think of these pieces as part of a larger environment. "
Beth is a studio artist and educator primarily working in clay, creating sculptural ceramic forms. She has been working in clay for over 30 years, and has shown her work in various exhibitions nationally. Her most recent work consists of smaller, highly detailed, hand-built porcelain sculptures.
Her experiences include adjunct faculty positions at The University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University-Stark Campus, teaching Ceramics and 3-D Design. She also teaches Clay classes to adults at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, and has previously served on the Board of Trustees for 3.5 years. She has worked as an artist in schools in Akron and Canton, and as Artist in Residence for UA’s ARTSLIFT, having built a public sculpture with high school students at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Professional memberships include the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Ohio Designer Craftsmen, and the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center.