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Tudball Ruthanne

Born and Educated in California, USA

1971 – 1974 University of Reading, BA (Hons) English, Further Education teaching Certificate (Dist)

1984 – 1985 Post Grad. Cert. In Ed., Bulmershe College, Reading

1987 – 1989 Post Grad. Dip. In ceramics, Univ. of London, Goldsmiths’ College (Commendation)

Work Experience

1976 – 1978 Set up pottery workshop

1982 – 1987 P/T pottery teacher special needs teacher and art co-ordinator, primary school teacher in Reading, running teachers’ pottery workshop for Reading Teachers Centre, P/T pottery teacher at Reading College of Technology.

1989 Full-time potter – own workshop

1991 P/T tutor – West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham


 Mainly self-taught, I set up my own studio in 1978 combining potting with raising a family and teaching. Since leaving Goldsmiths’ I have worked full-time as a potter. All of my work is stoneware; slip decorated and once fired, soda glazed with sodium compounds other than salt. My main concern is with the clay and the pleasure of manipulating it during throwing. I endeavour to make forms that capture the soft plasticity of the material and have both dignity and a lively freshness. Soda glazing can have dramatic effects on the surface of the pots, emphasising the making process and path of the flames across the work, rendering each pot unique. I make my pots to be lived with, handled and used.


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