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Artist: Miki Shim-Rutter

Studio: 2 Frogs Ceramic Arts

Magnolia Jug
Title: Magnolia Jug
Description: Wheel thrown and wood-fired to cone 13
Media: Pottery/Ceramics
Size: 7 x 12 x 7
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Contact Miki Shim-Rutter



Phone:(773) 531-9959

2019  Showings

May 4 - 5 , Site: 35
2040 Arbor Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002


About Miki Shim-Rutter

Miki Shim-Rutter
California, USA /


Miki Shim-Rutter studied fine arts in ceramics and textiles at Northern Illinois University, finishing her BA in Communication Design at Ray College of Design in Chicago. She followed her education with a 20-year professional career in integrative marketing and graphic design. In 2009, she renewed her passion for clay, relocated to SF Bay Area in 2012 and returned to ceramics full time at her home studio in Redwood Shores and Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, California.

Presently, Miki is the Private Events and Workshops coordinator at the Palo Alto Art Center-Adult Studios, serves as Festival Liaison for the annual Association of Clay and Glass Artist of California (ACGA) Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto. Miki shows her work though regional, national and international exhibition and festival venues and an active contributor and presence via social media networks including Facebook® and Instagram®: @2FrogsStudios.


I find sanctuary in working with clay. As I explore forms, colors and textures, in many ways, pottery mimics life in the way that it spins around us. When we can slow it down, it becomes a collaborative effort. The end product may not be exactly what I envisioned, but we work toward the hope of creating a better version. My forms, textures, and colors have been developed over many years of experimentation and inspiration drawn from friends, colleagues and artists. Ceramic techniques and process may not be new concepts, but my work is the expression of my aesthetics, culture and love.

2016-2018 Board Member & Exhibiting Member, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA)
2016-Present Studio Assistant & Workshop Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center Adult Studios, Palo Alto, CA
2012-2017 Board Member-Workshops & E-News, Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild (OVCAG)
2009-2012 ClaySpace Ceramic arts Center Resident Artist