Ron Meyers holds a 1967 M.F.A. degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, and B.S. (1956) and M.S. (1961) degrees in art education from State University of New York College at Buffalo. He taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from 1967-1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia in Athens where he retired as Professor Emeritus.
Ron has an extensive history of professional activities within the ceramics community. He has been an artist-in-residence at Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC as well as at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. He served as a juror for the 1999 National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts annual meeting in Columbus, OH, The Utilitarian Ceramic National at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA, The Handcrafted Exhibition at Rocky Mount, NC. He has conducted many workshops and demonstrations in the US and abroad, recently at the Dan Finch Studio, Bailey, NC, with Rudy Autio; La Meridiana Studio of Certaldo, Italy; Arrowmont School of Art, Gatlinburg, TN; Metchosin International School, Victoria, B.C.; Haystack Crafts School, Deer Isle, ME; Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada.
Recent exhibitions of Mr. Meyers’ include: Taking Measure, American Art at the Millennium, Yoeju, Korea; American Shino, Babcock Galleries, New York City; The National Ceramics Invitational, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA; 21st Century Ceramics, Columbus, OH; and one man shows at AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA; and Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Working with red earthenware, Ron’s functional pots are made in a casual and spontaneous manner reflecting the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process. His narrative, colored slip paintings that float on the surface in a gestural expressionistic style can be both provocative and confrontational.