Clay Works by Beth Stichter

November 30, 2012

Pasadena, California artist Beth Stichter isn’t your typical sclupture - she builds her stoneware sculptures solid on metal armatures, often with 2,000 or more pounds of clay at a time, then cuts the piece into 30-160 sections, hollows each section out to 1/4" thickness, and reassembles them before firing. In order to work on a larger scale, the reassembled hollow pieces are then cut again to fit inside the kiln, fired, and then reassembled with glues and epoxies.


Stichter focuses her sculpture on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal forms. “On the surface,” says Stichter, “these figures are simply feral animals suspended in a moment of tension”.