Beate Buegler Marston
I grew up in Portugal, India, and Germany and have spent my adult life in the US. My exposure to, and connection with very different cultures, and the memories of those experiences still provide much of the material for the ideas that find expression in my work.
I currently live in St. Petersburg, Florida and in 1993 I began working in clay. Ever since I have continued the process of quietly evolving in my studio, and taking advantage of workshops as they have been available to me. Over the years I have learned from many talented and gifted local artists who continue to guide and inspire. I have also had the fortunate opportunity to participate in workshops presented by some of the most well known American clay artists, including Don Reitz, Paul Soldner, Rudy Autio, Peter Voulkos, Mel Jacobson, Tom Coleman.
I have worked in my own studio space since 1996 exploring the various aspects of clay as circumstances have allowed me to. I adore everything about clay, and I relish exploring every aspect of this extraordinary medium which coaxes one into obeying the rules of its chemistry while allowing you to dream about ways to leave ones own unique mark upon it for eternity.
Although I enjoy making wheel-thrown functional ware, my real joy is hand building sculptural pieces. The relatively slow hand building process provides opportunity for contemplation of the material, the process and the evolution of the sculpture as I work with it. This dialog between the piece and myself establishes a relationship, the nature of which remains personal but is there, waiting to be discovered by the viewer and, ideally, sparking his/her own connection to the piece.