“I hope my pieces arouse curiosity in those who view my work, and stir the imagination upon each visual inspection.”
Mirtha Aertker was born Caracas, Venezuela and studied art at the Cristobol Rojas School of Art in Caracas. It is here where she first discovered her passion for clay. After participating in various collective expositions and discovering the wonders of fused glass, Raku and mixed media sculpture, Mirtha exhibited pieces in the store at the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas. In 1980 she came to the United States to continue her studies and master the English language at Vincennes University, while also attending numerous workshops with accomplished American ceramicists.
After marrying in 1987 Mirtha moved with her family to the Republic of Yemen where she lived for more than five years learning primitive ceramic techniques and crafting the traditional gypsum stained glass windows used in that country. In Yemen she made several expositions and was recognized for her knowledge of Raku techniques and fused glass.
In the late 1990s Mirtha and her family moved to England where she studied porcelain painting and the ancient methods of stained glass used in the early cathedrals in Britain. In 2001, the family made another move to Peru. Here, Mirtha began extensive studies of the restoration and conservation of Pre-Colombian ceramics. She also worked closely with the most acclaimed Peruvian ceramicist making Vicus pottery. After exhibiting a variety on art media alongside recognized artists at various events sponsored by museums, galleries and embassies, Mirtha undertook studies in silversmith and jewelry making. In 2004, Mirtha placed third in a national silver and silversmith exposition, with her rendition in silver of the traditional Chancay Doll.
Today Mirtha international competitions make her home in Allen Texas along with her husband and three teenage children. She continues her studies in distinct techniques of fired art while participating in shows, and local galleries.
Mirtha Aertker’s art is a fusion of experiences from her travels abroad, and ongoing inspirations. She works primarily with ceramics and Raku firing. However, recently she has indulged in the versatility found in metal welding. Mirtha has a passion for pre-Columbian culture and other South American civilizations. Their designs often trickle into her pieces. She finds assemblage sculpture and mixed media pieces to be the easiest form of expression for her ideas. She uses the flexibility of clay, the strength of steel and luster of glass to create them.