Michael Ruh


I try to make the most complete aesthetic statement possible by the simplest means I can think of. I strive to create pieces of the utmost of aesthetic complexity and flexibility while utilising a minimum of colour and decoration.

My physical surroundings often provide the inspiration for my work. My String and Cocoon vessels have evolved from the delicate patterns on sandbars caused by receded water, or lines drawn into fresh snow by leafless windblown shrubs. The effect achieved by the layered constructions of cocoons and wasp nests exerts a fascination that is reflected in the delicately carved lines on inner surfaces of my vessels which leave a trail of shadow and light.


Education

2005 BFA Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
19921996 Instituut voor Kunstambachten (I.K.A.), Mechelen, Belgium Hot Glass Course
19881990 Universidad de Las Colinas, Elche, Spain
1984-1985 University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA.Sculpture
19791983 Drake University / College of Fine Arts, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Sculpture

Selected Exhibitions
2009 Inside,  Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
Love Handles, CAA Gallery
Light and Colour, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 Collect, V&A, London
2006 Origin, Somerset House, London
Studio Space, CAA Gallery, London
2005 Collect, V&A, London
2004 Lustre, Tullie House, Carlisle
Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria

Awards
2005
Eureka Project, Design Nation, London
2003 Setting up Grant Crafts council
2001 Finalist Design for Scandinavia Award

Museum Collections  
2005 Graal Vase Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria

Exhibitions

Archive

2010

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