A natural artist from an early age, one of Richard Moren’s teachers inspired him to create sculptures while encouraging his curiosity and fascination with ancient cultures and civilizations. That passion continued as he pursued his career in Architecture, designing major projects all over the world.
Decades later he returned to his artwork. His studies of ancient and modern societies, combined with architecture, guide the design direction as he creates his ceramic pieces with a confident use of structure.
Richard’s “natural clay” art pieces in his collection are based on his own
interpretation of ancient Persia while the earthly tones he uses fuel the viewers’ imagination!
His Rake pieces are influenced by forms composed in the Jomon Dynasty, 10,000 BC on the islands of what is now called Japan. The pieces are meticulously crafted from long coiled, thin strands of clay, inviting the metallic glazes to reflect distinctly on each curl, curve, and etching.
All of Richard Moren’s work is defined by texture and composition, with the interior and exterior equally stunning. Each piece is one of a kind, and easily identified by his unique and original style.
Sgraffito (in Italian “to scratch”) is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of color or colors (underglazes or colored slips) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and reveal the clay color underneath. Sgraffito on walls has been used in Europe since classical times, it was popularized in Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries and can be found in African art.
Lana Wilson’s layered slip and sgraffito surfaces are beautiful and unique. Below you’ll find a great time-lapsed video excerpt from her popular video Handbuilding with Color and Texture. You’ll also find a great video by Kathy King that Gives Helpful Tips For Using Sgraffito in Your Work
The mission of the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute is to promote lifelong learning by providing academically rigorous, mentally stimulating, socially engaging, and health improving courses for older adults throughout South Orange County. The Potters and Sculptors Club is fortunate to have a large and well equipped studio, big enough to hold classes. The Emeritus Institute offers a wide range of classes in our studio ranging from handbuilding and wheel throwing to sculpture during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
These college classes are taught by professional instructors with years of experience. Further, while the courses are the same as you’d expect from any high quality art program, there is an added bonus for seniors taking these classes. The instructors cater to the needs of active adults, there are no grades or strict attendance policies.