Meghan Bergman Ceramics

Handcrafted pottery and ceramic sculptures inspired by nature.

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About Meghan Bergman:

Artist Bio:

Meghan Bergman is a ceramic artist and Art Teacher from Kennett Square, PA.  Her handcrafted pottery and ceramic sculptures are inspired by organic objects and underwater life, and each piece is a study of the texture and movement found in nature. Meghan has been creating ceramics for over 15 years, and has participated in firings and workshops around the country and internationally.

Meghan’s barnacle sculptures were selected into a juried exhibition as part of the 2018 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and exhibitions in the Brandywine Valley, as well as New York, Tennessee, and Washington state.

Meghan teaches kindergarten through fifth grade at Greenwood Elementary School in the Kennett Consolidated School District as well as an Instructor for the Chester Country Art Association.

Meghan holds a Masters Degree in Education from Gratz College, and a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and Ceramics from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Artist Statement:

In order to be a great art teacher I feel it is essential to also be a practicing artist. In my studio I continue to work mostly with clay creating both sculptural and functional work. Organic objects and underwater life inspire me. I enjoy bringing the extreme texture and movement found underneath the sea to the surface of my ceramic artwork. Each barnacle piece looks as if it has been aging over time under the sea like a rugged sandy rock growing life on the surface.

Through the use of mostly matte glazes, with a hint of shiny glaze, this gives the illusion of water remaining on the surface of the piece. Each treasure looks as if it has been taken from the sea.

The edges of the vessels are inspired by ocean waves, which carry the rough rocky form covered in barnacles and shell marks. The foot mimics the peaceful motion of a stingray swimming as the clay is lifted up and down. My fish mugs have a surface texture of shell marks, scales, and individually crafted stamps. From experimenting with different textures, I’ve found inspiration for new pieces. For example, my fish eye teapots are covered in fish eyes to the point it starts to look more like octopus tentacles. I want my work to appear like a creature or treasure discovered at sea, that requires a long look to fully appreciate the piece.

Wood firing is another way I like to complicate the surface and add depth to my work. By layering slip, glaze, or just letting the natural ash cover the piece, there are endless subtleties to discover on the surface. Objects in nature are never identical; they grow by chance and are a product of their environment. Their surroundings create a perfectly imperfect “wabi-sabi” nature, just like wood firing. Not only does wood firing create a more rugged natural looking piece, but it is also lends itself a wonderful community atmosphere conducive to learning from others and sharing knowledge.

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Selected Exhibitions
2019 “Material Mugs IV, Cobalt” juried exhibition, Companion gallery, Humboldt, TN
2019 “Weekend of the Arts” exhibition, Genesis Building, Kennett Square, PA
2019 “Hagley Maker Fest” live demonstration & exhibition, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
2019 “Mug Madness” juried exhibition, Salt Stone Gallery, Seattle, WA
2018 “Material Mugs III, Underglaze” juried exhibition, Companion gallery, Humboldt, TN
2018 “Chester County Studio Tour”, Oxford, PA
2018 “Hagley Maker Fest” live demonstration & exhibition, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
2018 “Art of the Forge with a Touch of Earth” exhibition, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA
2018 “NCECA 2018: Carlow Alumni” exhibition, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
2018 “Wonders of Water” exhibition, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA
2017 “Lele Galer & Friends Art Show” exhibition, Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square, PA
2017 “Elements” exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2017 “Material Mugs II, Conductivity” juried exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
2016 “Clay Days” exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2016 “Material Mugs I, Irons in the Fire” juried exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
2016 “Steeling the Show” exhibition, Oxford Arts Alliance Garden Party, Kennett Square, PA
2016 “The Salon- Forces of Nature” exhibition, 67th Annual Chadds Ford Art Show and Sale, Chadds Ford, PA
2016 “In the Pink” juried Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2015 First Friday Gallery Stroll, Wells Fargo Bank, West Chester, PA
2015 Solo Pop Up Art Show, Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square, PA
2014 Hickman Art & Caring Festival,The Hickman, West Chester, PA
2014 Solo Pop Up Art Show, Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square, PA
2014 Art on the Square, Fine Art & Craft Festival, Kennett Square, PA
2014 One Fish, Two Fish, Green Fish, Blue Fish, solo exhibition, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA
2013 Group Pop Up Art Show, Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square, PA
2013 Carlow University Alumni Show, Carlow University Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Reflections on Denmark Exhibition, Carlow University Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 Student Art Exhibition, The Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Invitationals
2017 Clay Workshop, with ceramic artists Dick Lehman and Dale Huffman, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Wood Kiln Firing, with ceramic artist Dale Huffman, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Wood Kiln Firing, with ceramic artist Kevin Lehman, Carlise, PA
2010 Exploration of Wood Kiln Firing, with ceramic artist Justin Rothshank, Goshen, IN
2010 Researching Danish Materials and Kilns, study abroad workshop, Horne, Denmark
2010 Soda Kiln Building Workshop, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Explorartion of Wood Kiln Firing, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
2009 Wood Kiln Firing, with ceramic artist Dale Huffman, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Wood Kiln Firing, with ceramic artist Gary Greenberg, Clarion University, Clarion, PA
2009 International Ceramic Symposium (Student Artist, Intern) , Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

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