3 in Reverse

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The two separate hand built ceramic pieces, the body and the head, are fixed to the panel with a thin strip of copper sheet metal for the neck. 
Some of the flat area of the head is built up for the nose and has added forged nails.  While the clay is wet, wood and metal printing block type is imprinted into the clay leaving a recessed image. A high gloss very black glaze is brushed on after the first firing. After the clay surface is dried, the glaze is scrubbed away, except for the recessed areas. This will leave the type forms to appear deep glossy black. 

The body has textural effects imprinted by various tools and is covered with encaustic wax for added texture. 

Product Details
  • White clay ceramic collage

  • Mounted to a wood cradled panel

  • 12" x 24”


About the Artist
Rochester Institute of Technology
Graphic Design, BFA 1972

Richard is a figurative artist who explores the psychological and emotive potential of the human face in a contemporary expressionistic style. Propelled by a fascination with process and experimentation, he works intuitively across a broad range of two and three-dimensional mixed media. His work often reflects the influence of his interest in ancient and aboriginal artifacts.

Though the human figure is a constant theme, experimentation in process is a driving force in his work and he thrives on trying a variety of approaches, including the use of encaustic wax, metal sculpture, and imported digital images such as graffiti.