Rick Rudd, Artist

This is one of the ceramic artworks in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1985.
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Object Detail

68 x 147 x 147mm
pinched coiled & raku fired, grogged SC80 clay
This work is representative of the 'Mobius twist' era of Rudd's work, in his words 'The concise Oxford English Dictionary defines a Mobius strip as a one-sided surface formed by joining the ends of a rectangle after twisting one end through 180 degrees. Sometime in 1980 Rudd made a double inward spiral form that looked like a fat sausage tied in a knot. It wasn't like any other spiral he'd ever produced. The strange hybrid seemed to beg the question: what if the spiral met up with itself? The answer lay in the direction of the Mobius twists.
Some of the loveliest examples of Mobius twists are found on the bowl from which Rudd sees as an open vessel with its widest point at, or near, its lip. He soon discovered that Mobius twists worked extremely well on other forms too; for example, vessels, teapots, bottles and boxes. What began as a sharp-edged twist became a burnished strip, then a strip glazed white. Later, both types of strip were present and the most complex forms had a third glazed red.'
- http://www.rickrudd.com/true_to_form/true_to_form.htm
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 1990.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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