Brian Dieterle is currently the Ceramic Department Technician as well as an Instructor of Art in the Ceramics and the Foundation Programs here at Ohio University. He received his education and training from Louisiana State University (MFA - 2008) and from Northern Michigan University (BFA - 2002). Before working on his Masters of Fine Art degree, Brian was employed at Pewabic Pottery, a historic tile and vessel production facility in Detroit, Michigan. While there, he managed the kiln rooms, fired all of the work produced at the historic pottery, assembled commercial and privately commissioned projects for clients, and worked in the production department as a vessel maker.
Brian continues to contribute to the ongoing development of the ceramic craft by working as an artist, instructor, and technical resource. He designs, builds, and repairs kilns for both universities and private studios. He is an advocate for researching the chemistry and reactions happening within the ceramic kilns as a means to better understand materials, processes, and their applications. Brian has also helped to redesign multiple studios to promote safety and efficiency within working environments.