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Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky Pottery:      Welcome to justbee Clay Art!         This website was created in 2011.

A new website will be coming in 2017! On it you will see an inciting variety of my high fired reduction stoneware with rich earth tone glazes safe for use in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven!  I enjoy creating pottery for use in every day 'rituals' such as coffee and tea time as well as beautiful pottery for every day use, baking, serving, and illuminating (lamps and luminaries)!  I believe that life is truly enriched when hand made crafts are incorporated!

Here's a little bit about me ... which includes a little bit about my husband:  I earned a bachelors degree from FSU in Tallahassee with a focus on ceramics.  Since then, I have enjoyed teaching classes to both children and adults as well as developing my own body of work. I enjoy the inspiration that comes from the group experience, and I celebrate the therapeutic nature of working in clay with my students!  I enjoy sculpture as well as pottery, and my sculptural forms tend toward the whimsical! I am still in 'evolution' as a full time artist, and it is an exciting and very fulfilling life! I am very grateful and encouraged.

In June 2011, I happily accepted the invitation to join the studio of Michael Rutkowsky in Burnsville, NC. Situated just north of beautiful Mount Mitchell in Western North Carolina. In the same year we were married, and have been happily creating side by side ever since!  Michael is truly a master potter working in the field of clay since 1979! After he earned his MFA from USC Columbia, Michael named his business 'Pond Branch Pottery' after the community where he built his first studio in SC.  We make all of our materials together including clay, slips, and glazes. We also fire the 80 cubic ft gas fired kiln together. Yes, glaze-firing is a happening, for sure!  It is a very happy and wonderful life! I hope you enjoy my pottery when you get to see it SOON!

:) ruth