Ron Geering uses traditional earthenware clays and glazes to make 17th- & 18th-Century-style slipware pottery. He builds each piece by hand or throws it on the potter's wheel, then embellishes it with the
folk techniques of sgraffito, sliptrailing, combing, or the
application of hand stamped clay sprigs. He fires the pottery in a
kiln, glazes it, and fires it a second time to over 2000º Fahrenheit. This
hand crafting process guarantees slight variations in size, form,
color, and decoration making each piece unique.
Geering has been working as a traditional craftsman for over 30
years. He has worked for many heritage organizations such as Henry Ford
Museum, Greenfield Village, Plimoth Plantation, The Freedom Trail
Foundation, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. His work has been
represented in many national exhibits and in the collection of the
White House. He has carried out extensive research in museums,
workshops and private collections throughout the United States, Europe,
Scandinavia, and Great Britain.
Since 1993 Geering has maintained a studio
on Cape Cod producing wares strongly influenced by historical examples;
interpreting traditional craftwork in a personal, contemporary way. The
pieces are still easy recognizable as belonging to the slipware
tradition but are enhanced by the unique experience and sensibilities
of the artist/craftsman.