Ceramics / Beth Augusta Menczer
Beth Augusta Menczer regards her ceramic works as "three dimensional paintings," and she is continually evolving her fascination, appreciation, and technique with clay as an art form. Her ability to create exquisite sculptures incorporating humor and whimsy as well as an uncanny realism combined with her use of found objects, metal, glass, feathers and other materials has helped to make her one of our most beloved and collected artists. In the 1970's, Beth refined her forms and techniques while serving for three years in the Artist-in-Residence program funded jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Mexico Arts Division. During her tenure as a Resident she taught Navajo, Zuni, and Apache artisans as well as students at the New Mexico School for the Blind. Beth works from her studio in Glenwood, New Mexico, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Her works have been featured at the Presden Gallery and Marcus Gallery, both in Santa Fe, New Mexico; in Southwest Art and Santa Fean magazines; and can also be found in public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Israel.