Meet the Artist: Richard Stonis

By October 6, 2014Art, Visiting Artist

Richard Stonis of Atlanta, Georgia is one of 14 artists selected to exhibit in the 2014 Alabama and Neighbors Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, on view through Nov. 2.  

In addition to the exhibition of a single work from each artist, all finalists will participate in a weekend-long sale, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, in the newly renovated Susan Phillips Gardens. The Friday evening sale is a ticketed event, where guests may browse and shop before the general public.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Statement

My current explorations in clay include two distinct directions, both of which begin on the wheel. The first involves vessels that evolve from an initial tooling and turning process to expand into highly textured and moving surfaces, while the second approach focuses on surfaces that are altered and shaped through a process that transforms the original wheel form into carved expressions of articulated line, light, shadow, and movement. All of my work exhibits significant textural surfaces that are highly dependent upon the variety of firing techniques that I use: raku, woodfiring, and cone 10 gas reduction.

Richard Stonis
(Atlanta, Georgia, b. 1944)
Dish #27, 2013
Stoneware, wood-fired

Guests of the preview sale on Oct. 31 will have an opportunity to browse and shop the event exclusively and enter to win a $100 credit towards purchase. Light hors d’oeuvres and cocktail service by Ursula’s Catering and the Museum Cafe and artist awards will also be a part of the evening’s activities. The public sale is from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. Regular museum admission is free courtesy of JCSM Business Partners.

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