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I am Billy Ritter and I design and craft tablewares and vessels for home owners, studios, and restaurants using locally sourced minerals and clays.
My backstory to ceramics started out with a real creative passion in high school. There I studied graphic arts at a local Vocational Technical School (Monaca AVTS). In 2001 I earned my BFA in painting from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate student I received several Academic Excellence Awards and scholarships, most notably the Charles B. Hamilton Painting Scholarship. Beyond the completion of my undergraduate coursework, I studied painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics abroad as a foreign exchange student at the Academy of Fine Art & Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.
In the fall of 2008, with the acceptance of a graduate assistant scholarship, I began my Masters Studies at Kent State University. During an intensive two year program I had the honor of studying under many distinguished professors and accomplished artists, including the late Kirk Mangus and Craig Lucas. In 2010 I earned my MFA from Kent State University.
Beyond graduate school I have continued to make, exhibit, and sell new bodies of work while teaching workshops and classes at several of the Cleveland based Art Centers and Schools. In 2013 I was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Cuyahoga Community College. In addition to my professorial duties at the college, I also worked as the College Ceramics Lab Technician, 2013-2016.
In March of 2015 I opened my first bricks and mortar studio business in the historic Artcraft Building, located in the Superior Arts District of Downtown Cleveland Ohio. In December of 2015 I relocated my studio to the Hildebrandt Building, located in the Clark Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland. Presently I am continuing to craft several limited edition product lines of functional ceramics and large sculptural vessels for exhibition and sale.