Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jerry Rhodes is a ceramic artist living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His work has appeared in numerous juried shows and competitions. He currently exhibits in galleries in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Monument, and Manitou Springs Colorado, Santa Fe and Taos New Mexico, Hastings-on-Hudson New York, Charleston South Carolina, Georgetown District of Columbia, and Bethlehem Pennsylvania, and has many pieces in private collections internationally. Jerry has an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State University, is a former Air Force officer, and currently serves as the Joint Staff Air and Missile Defense Liaison to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“The firing process I use for my pottery is often described as Raku, but the motivation behind my use of this technique might be considered its philosophical opposite. Rather than seeking a harmonious balance or simplicity through my work, I try to achieve dynamic and imaginative results by challenging the boundaries of gravity, material science, chemistry, and sometimes, common sense. Often I will use traditional style glazes and classic post firing reduction techniques, but other times I’ll use plant food, steel wool, and horsehair during the firing, and add African porcupine quills to complete a composition. The results are usually dramatic.”
Bhudevi, c. 1025
India: Tamil Nadu, 1000-1050
26-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 8 in. (67.3 x 24.1 x 20.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Museum