About Us

Juried Artist/Studio:

Patty Muenks

Business Name:

heARTheART studios

Short Description:

I have always considered myself an artist. From crayon drawings to Play-Do sculptures, I began my creative explorations at an early age. Classroom valentines and birthday invitations were always handmade with colorful paper and marker drawn lettering. I continue to create handmade cards for every holiday to this day. But my real passion was found when I took my first pottery class in college. Once my hands were in clay, I knew I was an art major! I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. As my life continued, I got away from clay, went back to school, and became an elementary school teacher in 2005. After several years in the classroom and a move to Missouri, I decided to get back into clay. In 2014, I set up my ceramic studio with a kiln, a wheel, and a fervent desire for a career in art. That spring, I participated in my first few craft shows and, by the summer, was juried into my first art show. I continue to work in my St. Charles studio, while teaching art classes, showing in galleries, and submitting to art shows throughout the year. Follow my work at heARTheARTstudios.com.

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Awards and Honors

Juried member of Greater St. Louis Art Association since February 2017.  Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands since June 2017.

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About Our Art

Inspiration comes to Patty Muenks, ceramic artist in St. Charles, Missouri, in a variety of spaces, from thick forest trails and sandy coastlines to wildflower-filled meadows and rocky outcroppings.   The common thread is a closeness with nature. Combinations of colors, detailed patterns, and organic forms come out in her ceramic art.

One of Patty’s signature works are her ceramic stones.  Each stone is formed in the palm of her hand, then individually designed with freestyle carvings and patterns.  These ceramic stones are fully glazed in a variety of colors to promote the smooth, tangible quality found in nature. She expands on this unique clay carving technique, creating organic sculptures, both hanging and free standing.  She enjoys hand building with pinch pots, coils and slabs. Her slab building leads to unique boxes, vases, and other vessel forms.

Through these techniques, Patty allows the clay some freedom to create more organic shapes while exploring the endless possibilities hand building has to offer. She mimics the forms found in nature where edges have been sculpted, smoothed, and rounded by the elements.

The natural elements have such a profound impact on the clay body, from the earth and water of the clay to the fire and air of the kiln.  Marks, images, textures, and patterns are permanently recorded on the surface of the clay.

Patty uses a variety of glazes and fires all her ceramic art in electric or raku kilns in her home studio. Each piece is an original, handmade design.  Many patterns and designs are sketched out before she plunges into the clay.  Her ceramic art adds unique character to any home and garden while echoing the elements of nature.

About Our Business

Patty Muenks is a ceramic artist in St. Charles, Missouri.  She works from her home studio, using hand building techniques, working slabs of clay, and utilizing an assortment of wooden tools.  She uses electric kilns to fire stoneware pieces with a variety of colorful glaze combinations.  She also fires a raku kiln in her backyard with her husband, Roy, a fellow potter and partner in the studio.  Patty enjoys working with an array of patterns, textures, and colors to create unique jars, boxes, and ceramic sculptures.

Patty graduated from the University of Oregon in 1999 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with emphasis in Ceramics.  She spent  most of her time in the ceramics department, learning the foundations of glaze chemistry, mastering hand building techniques, and creating sculptural pieces while exploring atmospheric firings with salt, wood, and raku.

Patty stepped away from the art field in 2005 when she went back to college for certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  She continued to teach in a variety of classrooms until 2014, when she purchased her first wheel and kiln, committing to a career as a full-time artist.  That spring, Patty established heARTheART studios, LLC.

Patty is a juried member in both the Greater St. Louis Art Association and the Missouri Artisans Association/Best of Missouri Hands.  She became a board member with the Best of Missouri Hands in the fall of 2017.  She has been involved with the Foundry Art Centre, volunteering her time with special events and art installations as well as teaching a variety of art classes during summer months.  Patty has also been a member with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts since 2015.

Patty and her husband have been juried into a variety of art shows and festivals in the St. Louis area for the past four years.  This summer, Patty was part of an exhibition at the Hannibal Art Council, representing the Best of Missouri Hands in 3D.  She continues to network with other artists and market her art through social media. You can learn more about her work at www.heartheartstudios.com or following her studio page on Facebook at Hear the ART studios.

Patty Muenks
Juried Member