Ruth Rippon is both a vanguard and veteran figure in the field of ceramics. The diversity of style, form, technique, and subject matter in her work reflect her insatiable curiosity and appetite for experiment. As a practicing artist who spent several decades teaching in her native Sacramento and the Bay Area, she helped elevate the craft of ceramics into the realm of fine art. Northern California’s longstanding renown as a ceramics center owes much to Rippon, who steadfastly exerted her unique talent, generous personality, and vision to shape the recognition and respect now readily accorded the medium. Exuberant Earth: Ceramics by Ruth Rippon features 90 of her most beautiful and iconic pieces from the 1950s through the 1990s, collectively demonstrating the breadth of her long and prolific career.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.