Forms of nature, whether it is the shape of a bird, a leaf, a twig, a rock or a vegetable are my inspiration. I make molds of or hand build these forms and they become elements that are arranged and assembled to create an order that makes sense to me. It is how I play. The final piece may be a mosaic, a vase or a wind chime. The forms are created through the process of hand building, pinching and slip casting. The slip casting method allows me to create multiples of a singular idea –each piece informing the next. I love that clay lends itself to be both a canvas and a piece of sculpture.
Beth Magyan is a ceramic artist and a long time member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. Working in the ceramic medium has held her attention for over 30 years. She began her journey with clay as an undergraduate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She found her niche learning the processes of hand building, mold-making and slip-casting. Ten years after graduating from IUP, Beth enrolled in the graduate program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia receiving her MFA in Ceramics. She has taught at many community art centers including Arts and Education at The Hoyt in New Castle, The Father Ryan Art Center in McKees Rocks, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Prints in Progress in Philadelphia. Beth has also been an exhibitor at the Buyers Market of American Craft and ACRE and she has been a participating artist at Three Rivers Arts Festival and Fair in the Park for several years.