Duane Reed Gallery presents the latest work of artist Ross Richmomd. Exhibition opens Friday, June 29 with a reception that evening 5 – 8pm. The exhibition will run through August 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10-5pm.
Richmond’s work is blown and hot sculpted, meaning that nothing is cast or mold blown, all pieces are made by hand while hot on the pipe in the glass shop. He first establishes the main shape of the piece, then allow the glass to cool working it in
a colder state so that a more “solid core” is created to work from. If the piece is too hot the shape will distort as the details are brought out. Richmond uses a small oxygen-propane torch for all the detail work, which allows him a greater variety of
flame shapes and sizes to work with. Heads are typically blown, whereas all hands are solid. With a blown shapehe is able to inflate areas or “suck” areas in as needed. Hands are made solid so the delicate fingers do not collapse or distort. All colors
are applied in layers of glass powders and the finished piece is coated with an acid to remove the shine for a matte finish.
“My pieces are typically narrative, working mainly with figurative elements and symbolic objects. Much of my current work is influenced by mans’ relationship with nature, as well as his impact upon nature. I find faces and hands to be very beautiful
and expressionistic, a source of silent communication, and I use gestures and titles to help convey an overall story. My pieces are usually about communication with self, or between others.”
Duane Reed Gallery
4729 McPherson Ave.
Saint Louis, MO
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