About Us

About Us

Ruth and Michael Rutkowsky

We are…  Husband and wife potters, we share the studio Michael built. Together, we utilize the same materials for making reduction fired stoneware pottery.  Michael, a studio potter for nearly 40 years and Ruth for 26 years, we have enjoyed ‘sharing our creative space’ since 2011 in Burnsville, NC.

Michael… I make a wide array of pottery forms that are both functional and decorative. My pots are an expression of my love for the process and medium of clay, slips, and glazes; all of which I have formulated and continue to make from the raw materials. Firing to cone 10 reduction, the outcome is never 100% predictable; leaving room for chance, which I find very exciting and rewarding. Mine is a non self-conscious approach to art using simple tools and materials; spontaneously allowing the ongoing process of the work to suggest its own variations, and encouraging a more intuitive approach to creativity.

Ruth… I am a potter and sculptor (both), and my work often combines the two.  My functional pottery forms serve to ‘round out’ the rather large inventory of pottery Michael makes perhaps bringing a playful touch to the collective body as a whole. I use slip trailing, sgraffito carving, and wax resist emulating folk-art patterns of my Scandinavian heritage. I also enjoy making commemorative pieces, custom designed for special occasions.  Sculpture for me provides a doorway to my creative expression, an indulgence I allow myself in search of my voice as an artist.  My forms are both animal and human. Sometimes they are polymorphic, sometimes mythical. My sculpture can be used on the table top or wall, in the home or garden.