Hand Sculpted Clay Landscapes
R E Clayworks
7 New Broadway
Westfield, MA 01085
In the late 1990s, Rick Epstein began the full-time pursuit of clay, and at first produced a wide range of wheel-thrown and hand-built sculptural forms that were Raku fired. With further historical study of clay works and the advancement of his technical skills, he could fulfill his growing passion for bas-relief ceramics, where sections of clay project out from a flat background. A series of 3-dimensional landscapes in 2006 have now evolved to become his signature ceramics.
Chinese screens were the inspiration for his method of slicing an image into component elements; each panel or tile functions as an independent work and as a part of a greater whole. The tile is a canvas, but unlike one which is simply painted. Epstein’s clay landscapes have tangible depth and texture that play with light and create shadows that shift around on the tile throughout the day. Color relies wholly on clay slips, not paint, fired to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This process leaves a matt, earthy surface that echoes the natural world of his native New England.
Paradise City Marlborough, November, 2018 Booth: 116
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