Stained glass window is the look on this medium size vase glazed in blue and rg. Again the picture does not present all the beauty of this vase. (SOLD) $78

Ikebana (5 stem) white & gun metal green

Deviled Egg Tray
other colors -blue, shino & teal Posted by Hello

Epergne in Clay

Mottle blue ikebana pointy edges

Ikebana's small to medium size Blue and gun-metal green average price $45 Posted by Hello

Delicate large ikebana mottle-blue and red-gold

Large Ikebana, two oriental curves blue & red-gold $68 (SOLD) Posted by Hello

Large Ikebana Mottle blue and Red-gold

Large Round ikebana White & Rg

“The way of the flower”

IKEBANA (ē-kāy-bănă) “The way of the flower” The exquisite art of Japanese flower arrangement, has captivated people throughout the world for centuries. Ikebana, is more than simply putting flowers in an art form. Its heart and beauty result from vibrant color and graceful lines, Its meaning, hidden in the total form of the arrangement. Choice of flowers is guided by desire to create harmony between the flower and container. The three basic sprays of flowers are to signify, heaven, earth and mankind. The key consideration is to use as few stems and leaves as possible in composing elegant contours that highlight the flower’s beauty. The Vase, (hanaire or nagiere) becomes very much a part of the arrangement.

Clay Artist Rita Ryan Presents:

Contemporary Ikebana

The Art of Flower arranging made simple.
Member NM Potters and Clay Artists Association NMPCA

High Fire Stoneware Blue & Rg Med.& small bowl set

Beautiful High Fire Stoneware Blue & Rg

Rita's Functional bowls are all food safe
and can be used in the oven, and dishwasher.

God's Dizzy One?

Now we are on our way to the high life at 5,200 feet above sea level, it's a wonder that I'm not labeled the dizzy one in our family. My life in Sunny NM started in Feb. 1981; I came here on a wing and a prayer, visited with my dear brother David who always seemed to be traveling to exotic places. David left, I stayed, worked hard, played harder, I traveled to mysterious deserts filled with ancient ruins and artifacts, ghosts of past lives loom everywhere here. The call of the mountains tweaked my soul; hiking became a love hate relationship with my body.
Please don't ask me about that motorcycle or the wreck. I was so young and impressed by all the beauty surrounding me. Where did my life at the mall go? I'm screaming Guacamole at the top of my lungs at 10,800 ft., hiking the Grand Canyon, camping uner the stars, and skiing down a black diamond hill fearing for my life. My life was wandering about into unknown territories, then, poking my head into an open door I happened upon my future in clay.
My official Clay resume reads as follows: Rita Ryan walked into an open door at the Heights Community Center one hot summer day in 1981. There she met her future. Rita Ryan began making pottery with teacher Penne Roberts at the Heights Community Center that day. Learning both hand-building and wheel skills. Then after taking a break from clay from 1988 to 1999 to raise two wonderful children Rita found her self starting all over again in the spring of 1999 with clay classes at Mudfish Pottery. Then more classes at the Heights Center with Penne and finally classes with Corrales Potter Dan Feibig. After 2 years of re-inventing her pottery skills Rita started to sell at the local growers market, feedback was terrific and when local customers were fighting over her pottery at her booth, Rita decided that making pottery was just what the doctor ordered to relieve her stressful days as a Commodity Futures Broker.
Rita spends every spare minute of her very busy schedule making what she describes simply as “Pretty Little Pieces of Art”.

Some who read this will know this is the long and short of my adventure in clay, each day is a new discovery, a new realization of God’s plan for me which I believe is highly apparent.
So here I am, flawed and fascinated.

Booth #92

Ever wonder what it’s like to participate in a 10-day craft show? Let me tell you about the 2004 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Tender Loving Arts and Crafts put on a fine art show at the north end of the balloon field this year. The large white tent had great presence and the pretty pink banner on top of the tent, announcing the fine crafts inside, was alluring.

Throngs of bleary-eyed people flooded the tent, yet early morning sales were few, and far between. Nature took its course, rain came and little rivers rolled through our crafty spaces. Electricity took its turn around the tent; lights flickered and failed for several days. A big burly electrician plowed through the crafters booths searching for culprit plugs, pottery crashed to the floor in the space behind mine. Finally enough generators are running to manage the juice flow.

Never mind about the cold weather that was certainly manageable. Never mind about the 3:30 am wake up call, I normally get up at 4:30 am anyway. No big deal. The greatest disappointment came from the idea planted in our brains that the product would fly off the shelves. It didn’t take long to figure out that 90% of the people wandering around in circles either had no intention of purchasing anything or were just incapable of conscientious thought so early in the day. Most were just killing time until the balloons inflated. This was my first and last big show. For every 500 people who stopped and said wonderful things like, “This is the prettiest pottery I have ever seen,” one would buy a piece. Imagine how wonderful I felt when one very sweet customer came back and said how sorry she was to have left my booth in the first place. Since then, she had gone to every booth including the Rio Grande Art tent and had not seen anything so beautiful. I was like a proud peacock, feathers out all purple and shiny.

I couldn’t tell you what the best part of the fiesta was, the happy balloons filling up with hot air or the precious, precocious children that came in flocks. I pretended I was on vacation and ate yummy Philly beef sandwiches, fudge and exotic banana lattes. Yes, I did make a profit. No, it was not the large sum I had imagined. Several wonderful things came about from this long and weary show. I became a better potter by the sheer large number of pots I made for this venture.

I met some wonderful people including a bright young lady who very much reminded me of myself at a younger age. A year in planning and I did it, I really did it. And I can say I did, just not exactly my way.

Rita S. Ryan

Clay Artist

Rita’s Pottery Garden Studio is located in Rio Rancho, NM

Rita's Pottery Garden
Pretty Little Pots
to Lift your Heart
Up Up and Away!
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Outstanding colors create a sea and sand peaceful look to this fancy edge Ikebana vase.

Contemporary Ikebana

Beautiful small vase glaze stunning blue over white

"Epergne in Clay"

Epergne: (A-Pern)

An Epergne is described as a centerpiece which may be used to serve food (nuts and candies)
as well as display flowers. Most often a piece like this would be used for decoration only.
Epergnes were originally made on both sides of the Atlantic, with perhaps the fanciest coming from France. The English made epergnes as early as the 1860's in Sheffield plate. Brass versions made their appearance in the Orient in the last century. The carnival glass makers of this century contributed some of the most colorful versions including the fountain epergne.
Rita S. Ryan Presents:
"Epergne in Clay" a unique beautiful representation piece.

Contemporary Ikebana

Contemporary Ikebana 5 stems

Pretty Little Pots

Thrown and altered pitcher w/pulled handle.

Ikebana Vase Blue & Green

Every Picture tells a story Posted by Hello

Pitcher like this is thrown in two parts and joined at the bottom of the neck then pulled handle is added. $88 (Sold) Posted by Hello

Large 3 Stem Ikebana vase $78.00Posted by Hello