George Rodriguez | Ritual Vessels | VIP Preview


My latest body of work is a collection of ritual vessels. Vessels that contain history and future. Vessels that capture human emotion. Vessels that create cultural connection. Vessels for an unspecified ritual. These vessels take the shape of animals, figures, vases and relics. When I think about clay, I think about the ritual of cutting my block, rolling slabs, gathering molds, and collecting my fork. I think about the different rituals I value and create for myself. I want to revert back to simplicity and let go of some material control. Go back to the transformation of glaze on clay. Go to a place of rediscovery. As I observe my human vessel and the rituals I rely on, I think about the impressions clay makes on my body. I think about the stress, the joy, the cracked skin and the sensitivity of my fingertips. I invite the viewer to wonder about the rituals that create or transform your own human vessel, what you hold, and how that shifts with time. 

-- George Rodriguez, Statement for Ritual Vessels


Ceramicist George Rodriguez has sculpted clay for almost 20 years. His sculptures Mexican American Gothic and Seven Indulgences are included in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and the National Museum in Stockholm Sweden. His large scale public art installation Let the Music Take You recently opened on Concourse A of the Kansas City International Airport.

For complete artist history and links, please refer to the artist's primary page on our website.

Exhibition April 6 - 22, 2023

Opening Reception First Thursday, April 6, 6 - 8pm with artist in attendance

Artist's Talk, Saturday April 8, 2 pm

George Rodriguez CV

El Zodiaco Familiar at Whatcom Museum

Crosscut Interview and Film Feature
11.5 x 18.75 x 6 inches - $4,200 USD
Basenji (West)
12.75 x 15.5 x 7 inches - $4,200 USD
Colima (South)
24.5 x 18 x 8 inches - $6,200 USD
13.5 x 17 x 6.5 inches - $4,200 USD
Corgi (North)
23.5 x 8 x 10 inches - $5,200 USD
25.75 x 14.5 x 8 inches - $6,200 USD
30 x 27 x 20 inches - $8,000 USD
Abundant Jaguar Summer
29 x 21 x 21 inches - $8,000 USD
Ascending Macaw Spring
12.75 x 18.5 x 13 - $5,400 USD
Two Headed Pot
11.5 x 19.5 x 8 inches - $4,200 USD
Core (Southeast)
15 x 15 x 5.5 inches - $4,200 USD
Anubis (Northeast)
13 x 7.5 x 12 inches - $3,400 USD
Brown Horn Gopher Vessel
14.5 x 9 x 11 inches - $3,400 USD
Red Bear Vessel
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