Bettina Kleeman in her Venice Studio

About Beyond Blue Ceramics

Bettina Kleeman began her career in Ceramics in 1980 in Germany with a 3 year apprenticeship with Annetee Ody. She then worked in the ceramics studios of Werkstatt Gantenburg, Rheine; Claudia Schopping, Berlin-Kreuzberg; Kreuzberger Tonwerkstatt, Berlin; and Resvan Izadi Designs, Berlin-Charlottenberg. While still in Germany, she participated in several group exhibitions. In 1992 she received a German grant to study with Michael Frimkess in Venice, California. She furthered her expertise by participating in various workshops in California eventually developing her characteristic style. She founded Beyond Blue Ceramics in 1995.

Every piece is hand-thrown by Bettina Kleeman on the potter's wheel. Shaping, trimming and carving are all done using hand tools. Each glaze is mixed from raw materials, applied by brush or dipped. All are fired in an electric kiln in the Beyond Blue Ceramics studio, Venice, California.