Paula Bellacera: Calico, 10” x 9” x 6”, 2011, handbuilt, low-fire clay, glaze, underglaze
Cindy Billingsley: On the prowl cheetahs, 2009, 15” x 22” x 22”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Cindy Billingsley: Koala, 2007, 25” x 27”x 15”, raku clay, hand built solid, hollowed for firing, low fired, cold finish acrylic and wax
Kathy Pallie: From Generation to Generation. Stoneware, glazes, 13”H x 18”L x 10”D, 2010
Els Wenselaers: The Windbreaker, 2010, 28 x 67 x 18 cm, Ceramics
Els Wenselaers: The Mausoleum, 2008, 16 x 34 x 50 cm, Ceramics, used materials
Els Wenselaers: The Brain Controller, 2009, 25 x 29 x 16 cm, Ceramics, used materials
Cynthia Lahti: Gray Crown
Susan Meyer: Together, 2008, Laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, wood, video and sound, dimensions variable
Susan Meyer: Shaft, detail #2
Chris Riccardo received his BFA in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.
In 1995, Chris opened his own commercial bronze casting foundry, RDK Studios in West Palm Beach, FL. A few years later, he began teaching figurative sculpture at the Armory Art Center. Shortly after he decided to sell his foundry and concentrate on his work and teaching. In 2007, Chris was named the Director of the Sculpture Department and Foundry Manager. He set up a small foundry at the Armory and began teaching the fine art of bronze casting.
For a number of year his work dealt with the figure in bronze. Recently, he has started to work less in bronze and more in clay. His figures are one of a kind, fired clay with underglazes. For years his color palette was that of the limited bronze patina finishes. Working in clay has opened up new doors to his work with the unlimited color palette available with glazes.
He is currently represented by the Mindy Solomon gallery in St. Petersburg, FL.
“They point and laugh, tease and ridicule all the while unaware of the consequences.
As important as play is to our development as adults, what effect does play have on those who cannot participate in the traditional sense of the word?
Consequences comments on the epidemic of childhood obesity in our country and how the disease affects our children’s ability to play, leading to low-self esteem, inability to interact and work with others and possible future psychological abnormalities.
It is these abnormalities that have been the focus of my recent work, starting with my series entitled: Mugz: American Heroes. The pieces in Mugz are taken from police blotter mug shots and the accused crimes are woven into their portraits. Consequences takes this idea one step further and explores the idea of how these people end up in front of the authority’s camera.” Chris Riccardo