Michael Ruh

Michael Ruh tries to make the most complete aesthetic statement possible by the simplest means he can think of. He strives to create pieces of the utmost of aesthetic complexity and flexibility while utilising a minimum of colour and decoration.

His physical surroundings often provide the inspiration for his work. His 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 his vessels which leave a trail of shadow and light.


  • 2005 BFA, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • 1992-96 Hot Glass Course, Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht (IKA), Mechelen, Belgium
  • 1988-90 Universidad de Las Colinas, Elche, Spain
  • 1984-85 Sculpture, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • 1979-83 Sculpture, Drake University / College of Fine Arts, Des Moines, Iowa, USA


  • 2014 Participant, Crafted mentorship programme, Walpole British Luxury
  • 2013 Participant, Injection, Crafts Council Business Development Scheme
  • 2005 Eureka Project, Design Nation, London
  • 2003 Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council
  • 2001 Finalist, Design for Scandinavia Award

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Spectrum, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2014 Discover: The Heal’s Modern Craft Market, with Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2014 Craft into Industry, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2014 Maison et Objet, Paris, France
  • 2013 Craft Into Industry, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke-on-Trent, with Contemporary Applied Arts
  • 2012 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, with Contemporary Applied Arts
  • 2011 A Unique Proposal, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Inside, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
  • 2009 Love Handle’s, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Light and Colour, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2007 Collect, V&A, London
  • 2006 Origin, Somerset House, London
  • 2006 Studio Space, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2005 Collect, V&A, London
  • 2004 Lustre, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
  • 2004 Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria


  • Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
  • National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

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