ARTIST’S STATEMENT: I work primarily in clay; hand-building is my preferred technique. I’m inspired by an eclectic mix of sources: Peter Voulkos’ large clay plates, Ruth Rippon’s lush glazes, Peter Vandenberge’s dry slip surfaces, Van Gogh’s thick textured painting, Jose Montoya’s earthy color palette, a dry lake bed, an oil slick wet road, the first drop of watercolor medium floating in a well of water, and too many others to list. I view my work as non-objective explorations of color, form and surface.
BIO: Ray Gonzales is an established Ceramic Artist and long-time Professor of Art at Sierra College. Born in Auburn, California; his home and studio are located in Lincoln. He is a member of Axis Gallery in Sacramento and has exhibited widely. He has completed several Art-In-Public Places for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission as well as corporate commissions.
Ray’s community involvement includes being a founding member of several non-profit Arts Organizations as well a founder of Ocolotecame, an Aztec cultural & danza group. He has curated numerous exhibits throughout the region. He initiated and chaired “Feats of Clay”, a National Ceramic Annual that ran for 24 years. He is currently on the Board of NCECA, (the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and is actively planning for the National Ceramic Conference that came to Sacramento in 2022