This month brings the sculptural pottery of Ruben Ruiz. Born in Mexico, Ruiz’s love for the arts began before he started elementary school. He experimented with various mediums, until he came into contact with clay. It was then that he discovered that the vases, pots and plates he created on the wheel were the best canvases for him to express himself in art.
At the first touch of clay Ruiz discovered his abilities to sculpt and continue his appreciation for nature. That appreciation shows in his pieces. Whether a branch of a tree or a reptile, he always tries to bring the spirit of what he sees around him to his work.
Ruiz’s pieces are all one of a kind, functional, food safe and more importantly decorative distinctive works of fine art.
My fascination with nature is a major influence in my work. My aim is to create pieces that inspire a smile. It was in 2005 that I came in contact with clay for the first time, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in California where I learned wheel throwing. The hand building part of my work is a self-taught process.
My work is made with porcelain or stoneware clay. I wheel throw most of my pieces and then either alter them, add texture, and/or create sculptural details. Each piece is individually glazed and then fired in a reduction atmosphere at a temperature above 2100 degrees.
Visit Ruben Ruiz’s website at rubenruizartworks.com
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