Zane Smith, Richard – 18″h Corrugated “Rectangles and Ribbons Op-Art” Jar (1993)

19"w x 18"h

$ 8,900.00

WOW!  This is a spectacular large ajr by Richard Zane Smith at the height of his “op-art” period in the 1990s.  The jar is coil-built with the coils left exposed on the exterior. The coils are then incised to create the designs and various colors of clay are added.  It is a striking “op-art” design with 3-D rectangles connected by flowing ribbons.  The designs swirl from the rim to the base.  They rectangles vary in size depending on their location on the jar.  They are each connected by a “ribbon”.  Not only is the design exceptional, but the colorations are subtle, with shading on the piece, as if they are in motion!  The rim of the jar is stone polished in contrast to the matte designs.  All the colors were applied before the piece was fired. It is signed, “Richard Zane Smith” and dated 1993.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

“The 1980s was a period of encouraged experimentation where an artist could work with one foot in traditional ways and traditional roots and the other out there probing into the future. A fascinating era of arts rooted in tradition but also expanding all over. When there seemed to be some interest I thought I’d start by keeping close to the old pueblo style of corrugated pottery. I started doing some imitation work but inevitably kept adding my own thing. In the beginning, they were just the clay color and I was doing design indention with my fingernail. Then I thought I would add another clay color, so I started adding slip and painting certain areas. Then, why not two clay colors? It wasn’t long and I started seeing that I could develop 3-D patterns. I could mix my slips in graduating shades. Once that happened it opened the door, and everything was 3-D. First, they were geometric, and then it was curvy geometric shapes which became a signature for years.”  Richard Zane Smith, Spoken Through Clay