Zane Smith, Richard – “Op-Art” Ribbon Pattern Jar (2006)
This is a striking jar by Richard Zane Smith. It is coil built and the ribbon pattern is incised into the clay. The design is then highlighted with various clay slips. The shape of the jar has a high shoulder and the rim is polished and slightly turned out. The ribbon pattern works perfectly on this shape as it expands and contracts to create a distinctive sense of movement. Richard has created this distinctive style of pottery through a revival of the ancient concept of corrugated pottery. The earliest corrugated pieces were often baskets which had clay applied to them and then fired, creating a “corrugated” appearance. Richard has created his own style, using small coils which are left exposed. This jar is from 1992 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom.