Ross started working with glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a major in Glass and a minor in Small Metals (jewelry). He has studied and taught at many prestigious glass schools across the country including the Penland School of Craft and the Pilchuck Glass School. In 1997 Ross began working as an apprentice to William Morris becoming a member of his team in 1999, working alongside Bill until his retirement in 2007. Ross has had residencies at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Toledo Glass Museum and Corning Glass Museum in the last few years, and is in the slow process of building his own hot glass studio. Ross’ pieces are typically narrative, working mainly with figurative elements and symbolic objects. His work currently shows at a number of galleries across the country and he has taught in the US and Canada.
“My sculptures have always been about capturing a feeling or emotion, mostly introspective, quiet and contemplative, and for years I expressed this sculpturally through the human form. I wanted to take a break from the figure and have always been inspired by the horse as portrayed throughout history in art. Horses symbolize power, grace and movement, and I felt that once I removed the human element and replaced it with the horse while maintaining the human emotion, my subject matter became more relatable to a larger audience.
The inspiration behind this body of work was to portray a brief moment or a gesture in the portrait of a horse. Horses have played a vital role in the history of mankind, and for centuries artists have used their image to document our relationship together. I am not trying to replicate the anatomy of a horse, but instead break down the form into its basic shapes represented more as a silhouette. This keeps the eye from focusing on the details of the anatomy and lets the viewer follow the sweeping gestural lines of the form, using the energy and sense of motion to create visual tension.”
– Ross Richmond
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