About Me

Artist Statement

I find sanctuary in working with clay. As I explore forms, colors and textures, in many ways, pottery mimics life in the way that it spins around us. When we can slow it down, it becomes a collaborative effort. The end product may not be exactly what I envisioned, but we work toward the hope of creating a better version. My forms, textures, and colors have been developed over many years of experimentation and inspiration drawn from friends, colleagues and artists. Ceramic techniques and process may not be new concepts, but my work is the expression of my aesthetics, culture and love.

 

Bio

Miki Shim-Rutter studied fine arts in ceramics and textiles at Northern Illinois University, finishing her BA in Communication Design at Ray College of Design in Chicago. She followed her education with a 20-year professional career in integrative marketing and graphic design. In 2009, she renewed her passion for clay, relocated to SF Bay Area in 2012, returning to ceramics full-time at her home studio and at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, California.

Presently, Miki is the Private Events and Workshops coordinator at the Palo Alto Art Center-Adult Studios, serves on the board of directors of Association of Clay and Glass Artist of California (ACGA). Miki shows her work though regional, national and international exhibition and festival venues and an active contributor and presence via social media networks including PeriscopeLive®, Facebook® and Instagram®: @2FrogsStudios.

 

2019
Ceramics Instructor-City of Cupertino, Wilson Park Ceramics Studio

2015-Present
Staff-City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Art Center Adult Studios

2014-Present
Exhibiting Member, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA)

2016-Present
Festival Liaison-Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA)

2016-2018
Board Member, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA)

2012-2017
Board Member-Workshops & E-News, Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild (OVCAG)

2009-2012
ClaySpace Ceramic arts Center Resident Artist

 

 

Website: www.2frogsceramics.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/2Frogsceramicarts

Instagram:
www.instagram.com/2frogsstudio/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Miki2Frogs

 

2019 October 4-25, 2019
Exhibitor – Clay3 2019 National Juried Ceramics Exhibition
ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center, Lisle, IL

2019 October
Presenter – Teapot Demonstration
ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center, Lisle, IL

2019 September
Presenter – Sip & Pour: a Teapot Workshop
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2019 July
Exhibitor – ACGA Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA

2019 May
Exhibitor – Silicon Valley Open Studios
Belmont, CA

2019 April
Organizer – International Cultural Exchange Week at Palo Alto Art Center
Across the Pacific: Exhibition of 18 Chinese Artists
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2019 February
Exhibitor – Off Center: An International Ceramic Art Competition and Purposeful Pottery Exhibition
Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA

2018   March
Soda-Wood Fire Workshop
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2018   March
Organizer – International Cultural Exchange Week
Korean Ceramics: Past, Present and Beyond
Visiting Artist Residency and Exhibitions
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2018  April
Presenter – Pit Fire Workshop
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2018  June
Presenter: Clay Carnival: Korean Sanggam Style
1-day mini hands-on demonstration presented by Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild
Clay Planet, Santa Clara, CA

2017 April
Exhibitor –  International Ceramic Artist Symposium and Exhibition
YiXing Art Museum, Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China

2017 April
Invited Artist – 4th “Hong Guang Zi Qi” International Ceramic Art Cultural Exchange Week
YiXing, Jiangsu Province, China

2017  September
Presenter – 2-Day Teapot Workshop
Blossom Hill Crafts, Los Gatos, CA

2017  November
Presenter – 5-Day Pit Fire Workshop
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2017
6-Week Teapot Course Instructor Spring Session
6-Week hand-building Instructor Summer Session
6-Week Hand-building Instructor Fall Session
Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery, San Jose, CA

2016 March
Exhibitor – Purposeful Pottery: National Juried Exhibition
Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

2016 March
Exhibitor – America’s ClayFest IV: National Juried Exhibition
Art League of Lincoln, Lincoln, CA

2016 June
Exhibitor – Stories: Selected works by Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild
The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA

2015 March
Presenter – “Deconstructing the Teapot” Demonstration
Clay Carnival-OVCAG, Clay Planet, Santa Clara, CA

2015 April
Exhibitor – California Clay Competition: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition
The Artery, Davis, CA

2015 April
Exhibitor – 2nd Annual Teapot Show – National Juried Exhibition
Alpha Fired Arts, Sacramento, Ca

2015 April
Exhibitor – America’s ClayFest III – National Juried Exhibition
Art League of Lincoln, Lincoln CA

2015 June
Watertight: Juried OVCAG Member Exhibition
Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA

2012 March
“earth : sky” – Solo Ceramics Exhibition
Brainforest Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 February
Winter Art Collective – Group Exhibition
Healing Foundations, Chicago, IL

2012 January
ClaySpace Resident Artist Exhibition – Group Exhibition
Warrenville, IL

2011 April
A Family Affair – Solo Exhibition
ClaySpace Ceramics Center, Warrenville, IL

2010 August
Art Changing the View – Juried Regional Exhibition
Spartan Square, Romeoville, IL

Press

2014  “Art review: America’s ClayFest II in Placer County” The Sacramento Bee (sacbee.com), May 15, 2014
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4 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi, Didn’t see an email contact so I hope this works. Your work is quite beautiful. I bought few cups as a gift at Haymaker and the person to whom they were given asked if the glazing was safe to drink from. I assume so but thought I should double check. Thanks.

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  2. Haha, I was looking for an email too! I found an envelope last night when I was sorting through an old pile of this and that. It was for 2frog studio, and it was about “bringing the Business of Art to the Digital Age”. Is this you and are you still doing this? Thanks!

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