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I'm Ruth, a potter and painter living in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I create functional stoneware pottery, ceramic sculpture, and original paintings, all inspired by the coastal landscape of my home of Cape Hatteras. I fire all my ceramics at cone 6 oxidation, and hand-mix all of my glazes. In my paintings, I take a mixed-media approach using traditional or soil-based watercolor and gouache, oil pastels, wild charcoal, or hand-foraged pigments. I like to experiment a lot with technique and style, but always come back to elements of local flora botany and self-portraiture or figurative elements. I am fascinated by the textures that natural processes create on the landscape, and by the relationship between nature and human.

A little bit about me: My great loves are the outdoors, good coffee, traveling, gardening, and learning new things. I was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2020 with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Environmental Science. Since then, I have spent my time on Hatteras Island as a studio assistant at Kinnakeet Clay, a wonderful pottery studio and showroom. When I'm not making art, I spend my time running, messing around in the garden, trying to surf, or anything else outdoors.

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