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Rita Shields

Comstock Park, MI, United States

I have been making pots since I was in high school at Ed Park in Grand Rapids MI. In 1978, I started attending pottery classes at Grand Rapids Junior College and stayed until 1989. In 1990, I started my own home studio. Since that time I have been making pots full time and selling them at art fairs in the Mid-West. I have been accepted and attended many fine art fairs in the past 20 years including Bronson Park in Kalamazoo, Mi ; Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana ; Art at the Square in Madison, Wisconsin ;Royal Oak Clay and Glass , Reeds Lake Art Fair in Grand Rapids MI, The West Michigan Potters Guilds two shows per year and have been at Wheatland Music Festival for 20 years. I consider myself a lifetime learner and try to attend 1 or2 workshops a year. I chose clay as a medium because it will always teach you something new. My work is mostly thrown on the potters wheel with hand built decorations. Inspired from family camping trips when my children were young.

Rita's ArtPrize Entries

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    sisters from the fire

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Rita Shields
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  • Photo of God's Kitchen

    God's Kitchen

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Potters for the Hungry
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  • Photo of The Art of the Vessel

    The Art of the Vessel

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Rita Shields
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Rita's Past Work

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