Dennis Meiners is a professional potter who began his clay explorations at Washington State University where he received his BA in Fine Arts in 1973 before moving to Portland, eventually purchasing a house, building a gas fired kiln and establishing a studio. His pieces have been purchased for inclusion in several public and private collections including Kaiser Permanente, the Washington Cultural Trust, Racine Arts Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Meiners has had numerous articles and photographs published in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and Ceramics, Art & Perception, and has had photos of his work included in several books such as Kathy Triplett’s Handbuilding, and Garth Clark’s The Artful Teapot. Meiners has taught many workshops in western North America and has taught at Portland Community College and Oregon College of Art & Craft. He has had about two dozen solo shows and has participated in a bunch of group shows in galleries including the American Craft Museum in NY, the National Museum of Ceramic Art in Baltimore, and the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian.
Dennis & his wife, the painter and former ceramic artist Leslie Lee, acquired four acres in southern Oregon’s Applegate River Valley in 1990 and constructed a large adobe studio using their handmade adobes, and subsequently built a strawbale passive solar house on the same property. Presently they have moved back to Portland where they are living and have established studios.