Bonnie Ralston is a Brooklyn-based artist and environmental educator. A Hartford Art School graduate, she worked for 15 years in the field of graphic design. After completing a 1,683 mile walk in the woods, Bonnie redirected her career toward urban environmental education, gaining practical experience in the field while earning an MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. Bonnie reconnected to clay in 2016 in the studio at Third Avenue Clay. Through her work, Ralston combines her love of urban ecology with the process of making.

Statement

I spend a lot of time studying sidewalks, pavement, buildings, stairs, walls.

I'm drawn to moments that reveal the rigid infrastructure of our city softening and giving way to time, wear, and natural processes that govern us all. The indelible fingerprints we've left on the world--even these eventually transform into something new and beautiful--an unintended collaboration between humanity and that which we try to control.

say hello! bonnieralston[at]yahoo.com

with gratitude and love to adrienne yurick and the community of potters at Third Avenue Clay who helped me find my way back to clay.