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Rick Foris

Biography to Display: 

Born 1952 Amherst, Wisconsin



1974 BFA Art, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin



Studio potter



Rick Foris is known for wheel thrown raku-fired sculptural constructions. Based on a vessel form these sculptures incorporate hand built elements including a base or plinth, handles, and finials. Each sculpture is a unique combination of elements. Surface techniques take advantage of the raku fired surface coloration which may include localized white or other glazed areas. The post-firing cold application of acrylic paints creates bold patterns and color contrasts. In addition both stamping and carving may be employed.

Foris has been active in craft-fairs throughout his career and has also received multiple awards, including best in show at the Des Moines Iowa Art Festival, awards of excellence at Lakefront. Milwaukee Wisconsin and, Shaw Art Festival, St. Louis, Missouri.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Byer Museum of the Arts, Evanston Illinois 

Charles Wustum Museum of Arts, Racine, Wisconsin

Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Peter David Louis Memorial Collection at VISAC in Trail, BC, Canada.

Stetson University, Deland, Florida

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin


Bibliography to Display: 

Andrews, Tim. Raku. United Kingdom: Herbert Press, 2005.

Foris, Rick. “Coconut Grove.” Ceramics Monthly, May 1992, pg. 46.

Jones, David. Raku: Investigations Into Fire. United Kingdom: Crowood Press, 1999.

Mathieson, John. Raku. United Kingdom: A. & C. Black, 2005.

Piepenburg, Robert E. Raku Pottery. United States: Pebble Press, 1998.





Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
Date: 1982
Materials: Earthenware, Raku
Method: Thrown and Altered
Dimensions: 25.5"
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.317
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.317
Photo: TMP
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Hand-Built
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 9, 2023.