I saw Rick Epstein's work at show a few years ago and have been getting his newsletter since. His unique sculptural method of capturing landscapes caught my attention immediately. According to his website:
"In the late 1990’s, I began the full-time pursuit of clay, and produced a wide range of wheel-thrown and hand-built sculptural forms that were Raku fired. Elegant, uncluttered surfaces interested me as a counterpoint to the wildly organic patterning that resulted from the smoke and flame of Raku. I focused first on glazes rich in copper luster; and later explored slip-resist techniques, whereby smoke penetrates masking layers of slip/glaze to deposit organic carbon patterns into the clay’s surface.
I love the idea that the pieces change as the light on them changes. This relates to the subject matter- nature- and leads the audience easily into an open dialogue about how the art interacts with them and how they're viewing it, versus how it actually is.
Epstein has upcoming shows in Northhampton, MA (Oct 10-12th) and Charolotte, NC (Oct 16-18th.) Look on his website for more details about upcoming shows and new pieces, and you won't be disappointed.
Note: All photos are taken from Epstein's website and newsletter and are not our own.