Dr. Scott Meyer holds a Ph.D in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University where he studied ceramic art under Professor Kenneth Beittel, Jim Stephenson and David Dontigny. While maintaining an energetic studio life, his interest in his dissertation topic has led him to a parallel involvement as a writer, recently completing a book on the life and work of ceramic artist Richard Hirsch.
In 1999, having secured a massive donation of bricks and materials, Meyer began construction on a series of kiln on the UM campus, including a 40 foot Japanese anagama wood-firing kiln. The construction, wood preparation and firing of this massive kiln has had a lasting influence on Meyer’s work with projects ranging from large installations addressing elemental process, to ceramic sculpture assemblages displaying surfaces scorched by the kiln. His current work employs an industrial crucible form as a unifying element. It is a theme now involving a studio team of artists including Richard Hirsch, the topic of his book.