Greta Ruiz was born in 1964 in San Francisco. She grew up near the small village of Guadalupita, in Northern New Mexico. She has been collecting beads, wood, metal and old things as long as she can remember and has developed her own organic methods which are reflected in the variety of styles that she works in.
She began seriously working with clay in 1980 with Anita Ginocchio at Santa Fe Preparatory School, in Santa Fe New Mexico. It was here that she developed a lifelong love of clay, and it was Anita that sparked Gretas' interest in hand building. She continued studies in Claremont, CA with David Furman at Pitzer College, and then traveled to Japan in 1984 for a year of study of Japanese Art History, Fine Art and the Japanese aesthetic. Upon her return to California she spent a year studying with Paul Soldner, where she learned more about combining texture, color and shape to create integrated forms.
Greta moved back to New Mexico in 1986 to pursue her ceramic career. In 2000 she joined Santa Fe Clay and began taking classes and workshops where she explored several hand building styles. In 2002 Greta took over teaching the children’s classes at Santa Fe Clay. Working with the children reminds her to be playful in her approach to clay and that anything is possible.
Greta continues to teach classes at Santa Fe Clay, does Private lessons and participates in regional and national shows.
2015 Contemporary Hispanic Market, First Time Exhibitor Award for Sculpture, Santa Fe, NM.
2014 "Terra Et Ignis", Wood fired ceramics and sculpture. Steven Boone Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2012 "Universal Expression, Change", Weyrich Gallery. Albuquerque, NM
2011 "All New Works: Wood fired ceramics", Kakawa, Santa Fe, NM
2010 "Gravity", Kakawa, Santa Fe, NM
2007-2009 "Contemporary Clay Fair" Biannual Juried Show, Santa Fe, NM
2009 "In House", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM
2009 " La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay, Pheonix, AZ
2008 "Renew" The Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 " Originals" New Mexico Women Artists, Taos, NM
2007 " Botanical" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2007 "Stoneware and Steel" Plants of the Southwest, Santa Fe, NM
2006 "Greta Ruiz", El Porvenir, Taos, NM
2003 "Greta Ruiz & Melani DeLuca" St. Johns College, Gallery Santa Fe, NM
2002 Group Show, Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM
2002 "From The Ground Up" Berringer Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
2001 Group Show, Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM
1988 "Clay and Fiber" Tesuque Valley Market, Tesuque, NM
1986 Invitational, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
1986 "Burn Doubt" Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
1985 Invitational, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1985 "Glaze It With The Wind" Pitzer College, Claremont, CA