Meet the Artist: Rick Berman

By October 17, 2014Art, Visiting Artist

Rick Berman 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 the sale 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

I’ve been working with a process that combines raku and salt glaze firing techniques, which I call “SALKU.” It is done by tumble stacking pots, which is a process of stacking pots on one another rather than on kiln shelves. They are then covered with charcoal, and rock salt is introduced into the kiln at white-hot temperatures (2380 degrees F). The result is similar to the pots that weremade and wood fired in the ancient kilns of Japan—Tamba, Echizen, Bizen, Shigaraki, and Tokoname, to name a few traditional pottery villages and their wares.

Rick Berman
(Atlanta, Georgia, b. 1944)
Salku Jar, 2014
Ceramic

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 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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