Elizabeth Robinson is a Ceramic Artist, Designer, Arts Advocate, Community Organizer, Business-woman, Wife and Mother. Her studio is located in Rangely, CO, an isolated town in the high desert mesa country of Northwestern Colorado. Elizabeth is an internationally recognized ceramic artist, whose artwork is represented in galleries nationwide and included in numerous invitational exhibitions; she works with a clients and customers locally and across the country. Though she wears many hats, her work is always centered around the intimacy of home life and domestic rituals, it's intersection with community and the public sphere, and the construction of identity. These interests, on the surface disparate, manifest in the diverse body of work you see on this site.
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 studio potter, which included marriage, a move to the boondocks, and buying and renovating a historical building into her studio. For most of the next decade she maintained an active production and exhibition schedule while at the same time starting her family and beginning to sort out her new identity as a mother.
As her children grew out of toddler-hood and their lives moved outside the home, so too her work moved beyond the potter's wheel and into community life. In 2013 she conceived and coordinated an award-winning, locally-unprecedented, sold-out community arts event and fundraiser called the HARVEST BOWLS FESTIVAL in which she gathered a team of volunteers to host a community dinner made from local ingredients and served out of hand made bowls at the Rangely Community Gardens.
That same year she connected with a tribe of underground sound artists who had been making music and recording in a long abandoned historic water processing tank from the diesel era as they were in the midst of their first Kickstarter campaign to Save the Tank. Offering to make "tank mugs' as a perk she began an effort to help the local community embrace and support the newly formed non-profit as both a community arts and educational resource and an economic development resource, culminating in a second successful Kickstarter campaign in February 2016 to Open the Tank and a week-long celebration of open houses and concerts to kick off the Tank's first regular hours open to the public.
Her art making on hiatus, during that time sheexpanded her civic involvement, becoming a regular attendant at local Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, and School Board meetings, learning about local governance and decision making and advocating for creative problem solving and out of the box approaches to solving local issues, including rural economic development and tourism strategies.
With less pottery on the shelves, the studio celebrated it's 10 year anniversary in 2014 by expanding the showroom area in front of the small building and adding a selection of items from artisans in Rangely and around the world. She stocks only unique, high quality hand made items, featuring local craftspeople, and items purchased through fair trade distributors which provide artisans in areas of extreme poverty with a dignified, living wage.
Elizabeth has now expanded her team to include several contractors and local partnerships in order to maintain her community advocacy, marketing and design and retail ventures while beginning a process of shifting the focus of her energy on her artwork once again.
The studio is open for regular hours, which change seasonally. She welcomes any visitor willing to make the trek.