About the Artist

Beth TarkingtonView my spotlight video filmed in my studio for WSB TV!

Born in Chicago, but raised in Atlanta, I am a Georgia girl. After college art studies focusing on drawing and painting and surface design, I spent a short time as an interior designer before becoming a high school art teacher. Those were 16 contented years! Life changed and I turned my focus to become a full-time ceramic artist. Today, I am applying my painterly techniques to handbuilt forms creating one-of-a-kind pieces. I participate in juried and invitational shows and exhibitions around the country. I am surrounded by family, life-long friends, artist friends, workout friends, ex-students and my dog. It is the experiences and connections with these people (and my dog) that most forms and informs my work.

1987 Georgia State University, Masters, Art Education
1976 University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, Cum Laude

Founding Member, Clay Collective, Roswell Visual Arts Center, GA
Instructor, Roswell Visual Arts Center, GA
Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, exhibiting member, since 2004

Bluff Park Art Show, 3-D Award, Birmingham AL
Magic City Arts Connection, Birmingham AL
Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport AL
American Craft Council Shows, Charlotte NC, Sarasota FL, Atlanta GA
4 Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga TN, 2006 merit award
Piedmont Craftsmen Show, Winston-Salem NC
Port Clinton Art Festival, Chicago IL
Washington Craft Show

“Yunomi Invitational” AKARDesign Gallery Iowa City IA 2013
“Mugs for Jugs” Invitational Breast Cancer Charity Show, Mudfire Pottery Center, Atlanta, GA 2012
“Line & Color: Women in Clay” National Invitational Show, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX 2012
“Creatures of the Night” Invitational Exhibition, Mudfire Pottery Center, Atlanta, GA 2011
“Teapots: Formal to Fancy” Quincy Arts Center, Quincy, IL 2011
“Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition” National Invitational Show, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA 2011
“Summer Invitational Exhibition” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2011
“Yunomi Invitational” AKARDesign Gallery, Iowa City, IA 2011
“Material Messages” Group Show, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord NC 2011
“Common Ground” Solo Show, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury NC 2011
“Figuratively Speaking” Group Show, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord NC 2009
“Art of Tea” Vis Arts Center, Rockville, MD 2009
20th Annual Teapot Show: “On the Road Again” Chiaroscuro Galleries, Chicago, IL 2009
GA Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Atlanta, GA, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, Best in Show-2009, 2011
“Dog Days: Man’s Best Friend Interpreted” Group Show, Signature Shop and Gallery,
Atlanta, GA 2008
Spotlight 2007: American Craft Council SE Juried Exhibition, 2007
Atlanta Teapot Invitational Exhibition, works selected by Mudfire Pottery Center and
The Signature Shop, 2006
“Finding Place” One woman exhibition, Royal Affair Café, Atlanta, GA, 2006
“Nine Women Nine Months” Exhibition, Arts Center W. Roswell, GA, 2004
“Serve This” Show Mudfire Pottery Center. Atlanta, GA, 2004
“On the Road: An Exhibition of Contemporary Nomadism” Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, GA, 2004

500 Bowls (2003) Lark Publications
500 Figures (2004) Lark Publications
Clay Times Jan/Feb 2005 “Serve This” Review and photo
The Artist’s Sketchbook, April, 2005, “9 Women 9 Months” Review

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