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.