Better Mueller-Roemer is a native of South Carolina growing up in Spartanburg and Summerville. She is primarily a potter, sculptor, and water color painter but also works in other mediums. Bette taught high school art for many years in Summerville High School as well.
Bette has been making ceramics for decades now out of her studio in Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Today she mostly works with Raku pottery which she says is less controllable and predictable and a lot of fun. Raku is a firing technique which has its origins in sixteenth century Japan. Various effects in the glaze are achieved by rapid firing and cooling. The effects can form various delicate patterns from glaze crackle to the shimmer of copper luster.
When describing how Bette became a potter she says: “I was in grad school for art history at UNC Chapel Hill and saw a friend doing pottery. I liked to draw and paint, but the idea of working with a new material was appealing. After graduation, I started teaching at an American school in Germany but would travel to North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts to learn ceramics during summer breaks. Eventually I got a masters in pottery/ceramics from East Carolina University.”
Besides the sculpture and platters that we have of Bette's, we also carry her ceramic cover books. They make wonderful gifts.
“I’ve always loved to read, so of course I love books. I learned to make paper and do simple bookbinding. Often, I’ll paint the section dividers of my little books in watercolor and the cover will be pottery.” Bette’s books combine her interest and experience in drawing, painting, and ceramics.