Statement - Ruth Apter
I like to collect things from nature: bones and
skulls, shells and rocks, fossils and driftwood, tree fungus and
giant barnacles, feathers and mosses. You can imagine what my house
I am fascinated by the natural world and have
been focusing on wild edibles from the land and the sea. I love to
cook with unusual ingredients and wild harvest as much as I can from
the bounty that surrounds me.
My small studio has a view of
the Cascade Mountains and
the tip of Puget Sound where it meets
The Strait of Juan de Fuca and Georgia Strait. Tame deer pass by and
are kept out of the garden with tall fences. This is an exposed
windy site so I have had to build a shelter for my raku kilns with
side walls to keep the wind and rain out.
I am inspired by artifacts from ancient cultures and domestic
and wild animals, the tiniest of plants to the giant trees. What I create is a distillation of what I see.
Playing with basic elements: clay, fire, wood and wind never
disappoints me. As the artist I get to be "godlike" and create my own