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 discovered early on that my real joy about working in clay is hand building sculptural pieces. They allow me to express my ideas through their form. The surface of the form in turn, provides me with a canvas on which to continue the narrative in a story-telling, painterly approach.
I like metaphors, and I find that they sometimes have injected themselves into my work before I am actually aware of them. One of the things I love about creating a piece is that I may start out with a specific idea, but somewhere along the line, the piece tells me what it really wants to be.
The relatively slow hand building process provides me the opportunity to contemplate the material, the technique, 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.