Rebekah Miles was raised on her family's avocado ranch set outside of the coastal town of Carpinteria, near Ojai, California. She graduated from Scripps College in 2000, and received her MFA from Portland State University in 2006 with a focus on painting and art history. In 2016 she returned to the ranch where she now has her studio and home with her young daughter, Inez.
“I think of my ceramic pieces as contemporary heirlooms. The motifs come from a sense of place and of beauty, using mostly found imagery combined with my own patterns. I like mixing and making my own colors, then seeing the results after they are glaze fired.
My technique is primarily self-taught, constructing each piece from clay slabs, molds and patterns. The process of transforming clay into ceramics takes time- about a month per batch with drying, bisque firing, painting, glazing and glaze firing.”