Meredith Host and Eric Stearns are two laid-back, fun ceramic artists who laugh a lot… and Bracker’s is THRILLED to announce that they will be collaborating for the January 9th, 2016, Second Saturday. Both artists exhibit a strong attention to detail and precision that is sure to result in very unique pieces.
Meredith was born and raised in Detroit Rock City and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2001. Meredith has spent time at numerous ceramic residencies including The School for American Crafts at RIT in Rochester, NY, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and Dresdner Porzellan Manufactory in Dresden, Germany. At Watershed, Meredith was the 2005 Salad Days Artist where she designed and produced 500 salad plates for their annual fundraiser. In 2008, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from The Ohio State University. In 2011, Meredith was named one of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artists as well as one of the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists. Meredith lives in Kansas City, MO where she is a full time studio potter & also works on her foldedpigs commercial line. She feels really awkward writing in the 3rd person.
Meredith is featured on page 21-23 of the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.
Eric was born and raised on a ranch near North Platte, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Professional Emphasis in 2003 from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He returned to North Platte to open his studio, Stearns Ceramics, while teaching and assisting with his family’s ranch. He then opened his first studio, Stearns Ceramics, in North Platte, NE. After a couple of years teaching full-time, working in his studio, and assisting his family on the ranch, he committed more fully to his art and in 2008 he received a Master of Fine Arts studying under Linda Ganstrom at Fort Hays State University. Eric returned to Doane College after receiving his MFA and is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department. When not teaching, Eric spends time in the studio creating sculptural pierced raku art. Locally, his work can be seen at the Country Club Plaza location of The Phoenix Gallery.
Eric is featured on page 33-36 of the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.