The Kiln Room has been a dream of mine for over a decade. I love the business of working with clay to create and help others create items small and large.
Working with other small businesses to bring their ceramic products to a larger audience is a challenge and extremely rewarding. I believe that the world needs to be handling more handmade things, and with my equipment, I can help make that happen at a scale much larger than most ceramic studios.
Eric Rausch is a ceramic artist whose work ranges from functional pottery to decorative tile and sculpture to large public art installations.
Eric holds a BFA from The Ohio State University and has worked as an artist in Columbus for the last dozen years. Eric was a ceramics teacher and on staff at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, where he also managed the ceramics studio for over a decade.
In 2014, Eric was named the Emerging Artist of the Year in Columbus. In 2016-17 he completed two public artworks here in Columbus, OH. In 2019 and 2020, his work, which he creating in partnership with his wife, Jen Kiko, was included in an Exhibition for the Biennial de la Habana in Mantanzas, Cuba. Eric has been on the board of several non-profit boards in Columbus, including Green Columbus.
“As a working artist, I get to stay connected with what is important to me, I meet lots of people and get to work on very cool projects. I teach clay classes and manage an amazing studio space downtown near the river. I get to make my own schedule and can take time to go for a walk in the middle of the day if I want to. I know that I want to do this work for the rest of my life, which is why I created my own business creating and helping others create ceramic art.
I know that all of this ‘luck’ has come from a lot of hard work. In 2007 I graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Ceramics and have never given up on my goal to work as an artist. I had to take a few part time jobs to keep up with the bills but always forced myself to do a little bit of work in the studio. I had the fortune to be accepted into two fellowships that really helped shape me as a professional artist. I have been part of many community organizations, volunteered on boards, organized events, all that good stuff. For a good many years after graduating from college I was totally stressed out, overworked, and loving (almost) every minute of it.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by beauty in the world. Bringing it to life though creating ceramic art, creating from the very soil we live on, is an honor.”
ERIC RAUSCH • CERAMIC ARTIST