We are excited to present mixed media artist Sarah Pope & ceramic and lighting artist Ross Edwards as our featured artists June 2018! Ross & Sarah have teamed up in shared studio space to work & inspire each other. In the process they’ve each created a collection of over 40 mixed media collages by Sarah and an extensive collection of table top lighting and ceramics by Ross. “Studio Boom” opens Thursday, June 7th 6pm-8pm. Join us!
Ross & Sarah tell us a little about themselves . . .
PH: What inspired this duo show?
SP: Ross and I decided to do a show together after we started sharing a studio space. We have a lot of fun and a lot in common. We are very into art. Ross went to art school at Alfred, and I’m trying to get my diploma from him. We have embraced the artists life.
PH: Describe the process as you worked together these past months creating Studio Boom?
SP: We bounce ideas off each other all the time. Everyday is like being in an artist playground. I like to call it the school yard. We are always trying to learn from each other.
PH: What are your individual creative processes? How are you different or the same?
SP: Ross is clean and precise and I sticker bomb the studio. I do my framing precision work at home.
PH: Where did you grow up?
SP: Ross and I both grew up in Richmond, Virginia.
PH: What is something that might surprise even your closest friends?
SP: I like Asian fad toys and my favorite thing to eat is golden sandwiches.
RE: I wanted to be a surgeon.
PH: What is your favorite room in your house?
SP: We made a design room with a large chalkboard in my studio apartment.
PH: Do you have any memorable things you’ve enjoyed creating?
SP: A statue of a my little pony on a broken piece of a ceramic vase covered in a liquid plastic and gold leaf.
RE: My lighting
PH: Any thoughts on an artists role in the world?
SP: Artists should be cherished and protected. We need to give an artist as much respect as a business tycoon. We are a special breed of human.
PH: Artists that inspire you?
SP: Kim Keever
RE: Javier Marin
PH: It’s been fun working with you both, we look forward to June and can’t wait for the show on the 7th!
Photography by Tasha Tolliver at Palette Home
ROSS EDWARDS ARTIST BIO
Ross Edwards is a ceramic artist who combines traditional techniques with an eye for modernism. His work is not simply creating forms. He is known for creating and then manipulating the form in unexpected and modern ways. He looks at a piece in terms of form and function while infusing the expected. Weather it is throwing a vessel cutting it and slip casting it to explore new perspective, drawing from cubism and influenced by how we perceive classic shapes, or by drilling holes to let in light and illusion his work is both familiar and unexpected.
Ross grew up in Richmond Va where he studied ceramics at the Visual Art Center of Virginia. He worked with local potters while attending Trinity High School and taking advantage of their renowned ceramics program. He went on to study at Alfred University for four years earning a BFA. While at Alfred he participated in an artist residency in China where he honed his skill. After college Ross worked in Penland North Carolina for Christina Cordoba. There he branched out and began Ross Edwards Design. His lighting was picked up by Robert Abbey and his work was featured in the Architectural Digest show and ICFF. Ross now lives and works in Richmond Va and continues to explore the exciting possibilities of this versatile medium.
SARAH POPE ARTIST BIO