Rosette Gault, Ph.D. became world known for her seminal discoveries in paperclay ceramic art and sustainable materials. Her contribution included a US patent, art (more than 130 exhibitions), writing (4 books and more than 40 articles) and teaching (more than 100 workshops and masterclasses) here and abroad.
After 20 frustrating years of search for ways to end or minimize technical problems like drying and firing cracks, high fuel costs during creation of ceramic art, her 1990 breakthrough exhibition in Canada and subsequent teaching and publishing would initiate and inspire ongoing advance for artists worldwide. Her research led to the first handbook (1993) the first website for paperclay in 1995, the first 2 hour teaching video-DVD of a paperclay workshop before Utubes existed, the first commercially prepared paperclay among other accomplishments. Her in person teaching to artists and engineers opened doors outside the field of art and engineering with sustainable materials, bio /nano ceramic compounds and more. A few of her books are Paperclay Art and Practice: The New Ceramics (UPenn/Bloomsbury) 2015, and Think by Hand Hundreds of Possibilities for Art (2004), Paperclay for Ceramic Sculptors- A studio companion 1992-2014
Academic awards include 2013 Ph. D (University of Sunderland, UK National Centre for Ceramics and Glass, Innovation in Paperclay Ceramic Art and Design), 1978 M.F.A Ceramic Art (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, 1975 BA. Communication Media Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder).
Threshold of Light (see window installation at the downtown Seattle Nordstroms Flagship Store on Pine Street in 2012 or her display at Sea-Tac Airport on sustainable ceramic design for paperclay water filtration and medicinal application.
Her work is in public and private collections in Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Czech Republic, UK , Italy, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more. Exhibitions in Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, London UK, New Zealand, Australia, and other places.
Collectors throughout the USA in 1980's may have discovered her limited editions commissioned by ten Nieman-Marcus locations, and more than 30 fine craft galleries in USA. In addition to her open studio shows at Pioneer Square artwalks in Seattle, she maintained a pottery, tile and art booth at Pike Place Market Seattle and neighborhood Fremont and Ballard. She served in leadership at Fireworks Gallery, Pottery Northwest, and Seward Park Art studio and won awards at lIn addition to long and short term residencies/exhibitions at Canada’s Banff Centre for the Arts, Europe, Asia/India, New Zealand, and Australia. She's exhibited/presented masterclasses everywhere from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal School in Copenhagen Denmark, the Aalto university in Finland, and other institutions in Sweden, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, India, and Australia, from Harvard to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, University of Oregon in Eugene, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Iowa State University, An Engineering for Sustainable Water Solutions at SMU, Dallas, Texas, Harvard, University of Hawaii, and more. Among the international shows featuring some diverse examples of art expression and imagination for from we never could see built in traditional ceramics, Particle and Wave, Paperclay Illuminated toured museums in Arizona, Utah, Missouri and Massachusetts in 2020-2021.
Sample some of her original music is on Soundcloud and published on five compact discs.
Born in New York City she grew up in Princeton, NJ and Maine. Nowadays she divides time between Canada, Maine and the Pacific Northwest. She celebrates the debut in 2022 of The Realm book her ode to the spirit of childhood music and art.
She is in preparation of a book Healing Clay as a call for research in sustainable materials integrated design technologies of paperclay (www.paperclaylab.net) remedies in applications beyond the field of art. Future research directions include seeking options to the current darling known as man-made nano mesh fiber (which may be highly profitable cheap) but the eco-risk of increasing contribution to PM2, in air and water is now becoming clear. Research on options for air or virus filtration, medical, structural and refractory applications is needed.