“Rick Foris makes fantastic and eccentric sculptural pieces.
Many are constructed using complicated assemblages of disparate
components. Separately, the elements seem familiar: bases, handles,
lids and spouts which betray his origins as a functional potter.
Some draw on architectural resonances from Aztec and Mayan culture,
and shapes reminiscent of Oriental tea vessels, ceremonial temple
ware, gold Russian minarets and even bits from an engineer’s
scrap-yard. The sum of each sculpture, however, is much more that
its parts and ultimately the pieces defy attempts to impose a provenance.
Instead they offer themselves as stunning individual objects with
more that a touch of Hollywood about them.” (Tim Andrews,
in his book Raku, A&C Black, London, 2004)
Rick Foris has been making pottery since 1970. For the past 30
years he has worked almost exclusively with raku, a method of firing
pottery in which the piece is placed in a heated kiln, removed when
red hot and put into a container filled with a combustible material,
such as sawdust.
All of Rick’s work is done solely by him. His pieces are
wheel thrown and contain many hand built additions and bases. All
are raku fired. Many are finished with acrylics.
2006 is the ninth year that Rick Foris has shown his raku pottery
at Cherry Creek Arts Festival. He won First Place in Ceramics in
Other awards he has won include Best of Show at Des Moines Art
Festival, Awards of Excellence at Lakefront in Milwaukee, and at
Coconut Grove, Madison, and Shaw Art Festival in St. Louis.
His work is included in many publications, including Raku by Tim
Andrews (2004), Raku, by John Mathieson (2002), Raku - Investigations
into Fire by David Jones, (1999) and Raku Pottery by Robert Piepenburg
Some of the permanent collections representing Rick’s work
include the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wustum Museum of Fine Art in Racine,
WI, Waddell and Reed Mutual Fund Corp. of Kansas City, Nikko Hotels,
Byer Museum of the Arts, University of Wisconsin and the Peter David
Louis Memorial Collection at VISAC in Trail, BC, Canada.
A Wisconsin native,
Rick attained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin
at Stevens Point. He works out of a studio behind his home and is
an avid fly fisherman.