rdboyer

functional ceramic arts and sculpture

Boston, Massachusetts | 229 Sales

rdboyer

functional ceramic arts and sculpture

Boston, Massachusetts 229 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   WELCOME!! my shop features handmade ceramics from functional tableware to sculptural work. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Last updated on Feb 5, 2018

WELCOME!! my shop features handmade ceramics from functional tableware to sculptural work. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Robert

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Robert

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Consolidating work after a bunch of markets in the last week. These grip mugs are up for grabs....they aren’t all in the shop but you can message me if you see one you like and I’ll make an updated listing.

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Just a little climbing wall with some valentines grips. I have been thinking about these since last year and finally decided to make it happen.

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Sculpting a heart-shaped grip for a special run of mugs for this Valentine’s Day #climbingmug #valentinesgift

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About

Artistic Interpretation of Natural Details

Growing up I was introduced to a lot of different art (drawing, painting, needle craft, pottery, etc. etc.) from different members of my family and in school. However, It was after I began working on a graduate degree in the sciences that I started focusing a bit more on ceramics. For me many of those other artistic mediums required the same sort of analytic, focused attention that I was burning up all day with class work and research. Working with clay can be very tactile, and in grad school I made a lot of random shapes where my fingers were doing most of the thinking because my head was done for the day. My little creature sculptures were born out of the language my hands developed during that time.

As I have found some distance from grad school, my ceramic art has become much more detail-oriented. My grad work covered phenomenon deeply related to the way atoms are arranged in metals, and I spent many hours staring at these geometric patterns over the course of my studies. Now, I spend much of my time in the studio punching divots or pierced holes into these same patterns. I have recently started a board on pinterest (rdboyer or 2nd "shop website" link on left) called "Materials" that contains images representing some of my scientific inspirations.

The tools for my pottery techniques can be generally described as “pointy sticks.” Potter’s wheels and hand building techniques are fun, but from my perspective, the best part of the process is the individually pierced holes or other repetitive detail work. It's quite relaxing.

I'm also fascinated by the way that the patterns found in nature are highly transferable. I think about the arrangement of copper atoms when punching holes but sometimes create something that largely resembles a honeycomb. I have recently begun thinking about the patterns of wood grain and have vases and bowls painted with these ideas in mind. When I started doing the same pattern in purple and white, thinking I was going to make a pop-art version of wood grain, I found that everyone...self included...saw zebra stripes.

Shop members

  • Robert

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

Shop policies

Last updated on January 22, 2014
Hello - Thanks for checking out my shop's policies. If there are any questions not answered below feel free to contact me. If there is anything missing or unclear from this list I would like to know. Any feedback is appreciated.

-Robert

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Returns and exchanges
If for some reason the piece needs to be returned. I will refund the cost of the item but not shipping upon safe return of the merchandise in its original packing.

Please read all the details of the item listing, look at all the item photos and ask questions regarding anything unclear before purchase.
Payment
I do business through Paypal which accepts major credit cards and doesn't require sign up for the purchaser as well as the Etsy Gift card and direct check out options.
Shipping
I will ship after payment has been confirmed. Pieces will be shipped double boxed or perhaps a small box in a padded envelop when appropriate to ensure their safe delivery. Whenever possible I will be re-using boxes from a local recycling center and mailing via the USPS.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please be aware that for some countries there are customs' charges and import fees that are the responsibility of the customer and will be charged in country and in addition to my shipping charges. Please, contact your local postal service if you are not certain whether these additional fees may apply to your order.

I will SHIP WORLDWIDE, but larger works only list prices for shipping within the United States and Canada because variations in size and weight make pre-calculating shipping for each item complicated (I'm working on it). Feel free to ask regarding shipping to your location and I can look into the cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Some variation in color due to digital photography and computer screens are possible, but I try as best as possible to accurately capture the item's color, texture, etc in the photos. In some cases there are photos in multiple lighting or background setups...if the true color is unclear I can discuss which is more accurate or more likely to be your experience of the piece.

Again, please read all the details of the item listing, look at all the item photos and ask questions regarding anything unclear before purchase.