Art of the Pot is a collective of Austin based potters committed to expanding the reach and understanding of contemporary studio pottery through studio tours, public lectures and gallery and museum exhibitions.
Art of the Pot was founded in 2004 as a way to bring some much-needed emphasis and interest to the contemporary pottery scene here in Austin. The goals of the founding members were modest at that time; invite a few potters from out of town to come to their studios for a weekend show and sale and give the public a chance to see something new in the field of contemporary pottery.
After over 12 years, the modest beginnings have bloomed into a fully formed studio tour with national recognition. Annually the Art of the Pot principles host 10 or more invited guests from across the country in their studios for an event-filled weekend. This year's host are Melissa Mencini, Ryan McKerley, Lisa Orr, and Claudia Reese. With funding from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Grant our programming has expanded to include public lectures and educational events. We continue to develop wonderful and unique partnerships with local restaurants, galleries and businesses that help us further the goal of our group, to expand the reach of contemporary studio pottery throughout Austin, Texas and the greater community.
Ron Meyers | 2017 National Living Treasure
We are pleased to announce that we have initiated the Art of the Pot National Living Treasure as a feature for our Tour. Our first recipient is Ron Meyers. Ron Meyers has said "My next best pot is just around the corner". Always pursuing excellence, Ron is an internationally renowned potter working, teaching and exhibiting for more than 50 years, and his influence is seen worldwide. He handles clay in a natural, fresh manner and the surface drawings of feral animals and critters are fun and engaging without losing their sophistication. His work will be shown at Claudia Reese's studio during the Tour.
For more insight into what makes Ron such a great artist view the 2013 documentary of him working, Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects, which was created by George McCauley.