Beth Shook

“Alternate Endings “

Clay, Wood, Found Objects 

57.5″ x 37″ x 4″

Featured Work

“Looks Like Home”

Clay, Wood, Found Objects 

11.5″ x 11.5″ x 4″

“Caught by the Buzz/Created”

Clay, Wood, Found Objects

24″ x 33″ x 2″

“Listen for the Song Above the Trees”

Wood, Clay, Found Objects

40″ x 22 x 3.5″

Beth Shook was born on Christmas Eve in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Still, she considers herself a native of the southwest, having lived her most reckless and influential years in El Paso, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1985. Under the instruction of her most accomplished professors, she developed her skills as a craftsman, discovered her love of clay and her near-obsession with the drawn line.

After graduation, Ms. Shook attended Arizona State University as an unclassified graduate student for a year; out-of-state tuition kept her out of the classroom, but briefly. Though frustrating, the delay proved a blessing as she weighed the artistic direction she would pursue. Clay or drawing…drawing or clay? Soon, she was simply drawing on clay. That drawing obsession turned to compulsion as the clay became the canvas. In 1990, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Arizona State University.

She recently stepped away from the classroom after thirty years teaching; first at ASU as a graduate student then with the Maricopa Community College District. Ms. Shook is making good use of her time in the studio exploring the ceramic surface, particularly with drawn lines. Together with her husband, Steve, and their quirky Australian Shepherd, Waco, they live, work and play in Gilbert, Arizona.