NMPCA
Clay Studio Tour

Kari rives

First test:  Album Display

8 photo(s) Updated on: 17 Jan 2021
  • Red Buff: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 14 x 12 x 8
  • Wearing of the Yellow (Desmond): stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 12 x 18 x 10
  • Mama Julie and Baby Jo: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 13 x 14 x 8 and 12 x 7 x 6
  • Abalone the Hedgehog: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 9 x 7 x 5
  • Heaven the Hippo: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 18 x 11 x 7
  • Barnabus the Barn Owl: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 12 x 14 x 18
  • Phobe: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 15 x 10 x 17
  • Shadow the Wolf: stains and glazes, multi-fired, cone 5 oxidation; 19 x 5 x 9

Artist Statement

Kari Rives, Santa Fe, New Mexico

I studied painting, sculpture, and glass at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

I often think of my sculpture as three dimensional paintings, and my focus is on animals. I have always been drawn to them and love the the way they express themselves with honesty and trust. They are a vital presence in many of our lives and celebrated themes here in the Southwest, and their lack of existential angst offers us a safe place to rest one’s mind and heart.

Clay provides a great medium for gesture and I choose to leave the evidence of my touch, moving quickly to maintain a sense of energy and life breathing from my forms. I often use multiple glaze firings at diminishing temperatures to achieve a larger color palette and increased depth through layering.

In an uncertain and often scary world, I don't feel the need to be confrontational through artwork; I would rather encourage empathy as opposed to alienation, and hope to honor the essence of the creatures I represent.

Contact Information

email: kari1000@msn.com

Studio Santa Fe, New Mexico

website: karirives.com

Galleries:

Santa Fe, Canyon Road Contemporary
Scottsdale and Tuscon, AZ, Wilde Meyer Gallery 
Park City, Utah, Terzian Galleries 



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