Elizabeth Robinson is a full time Studio Artist and adjunct faculty at Colorado Northwestern Community College, in Rangely, an isolated town in the high desert mesa country of Northwestern Colorado. Elizabeth’s work is represented in galleries nationwide and included in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions.
Bringing together influences as diverse as 18th century English transferware, Japanese Oribe pottery, contemporary painting and industrial ceramics, Elizabeth’s pottery embodies a broad interest in the history of art and craft, ancient to industrial. She strives to make well formed, functional objects, with a sensuous surface, and relaxed posture, that record the transformation of material through process. Often functioning as a display piece as well as a utilitarian vessel, her pieces take advantage of porcelain’s affinity for both delicacy and density, and as a ground for luminous color.
Having discovered a passion for clay on the way to a degree in Botany, Elizabeth decided her interest in beauty, process and morphology was better served as a potter. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1994, Elizabeth traveled widely seeking to expand her knowledge and skills. She worked in studios across the country, from non-profit art centers, to academia to production studios, including the Mendocino Art Center (CA), Hoyman-Browe Studio (CA), CU Boulder (CO), Carbondale Clay Center (CO) and the Archie Bray Foundation (MT). Upon completing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Ohio University in 2002, she returned to Colorado to work as Program Director for the Carbondale Clay Center, a non-profit community arts organization, while maintaining an active studio life and exhibition schedule.
In 2004 Elizabeth made the transition into full time work as a self supporting studio potter, which included marriage, a move to the boondocks, and buying and renovating an old building into her studio.
She welcomes any visitor willing to make the trek.