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                                                                                   richard shaw

                Richard Shaw (b. 1941) was born in Hollywood, California. He attended
                Orange Coast College, San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned a
                B.F.A. Further study at Alfred University and the University of California
                at Davis, where he studied under Robert Arneson and William Wiley,
                whose work is included in the Trople l'oeil exhibition, resulted He
                in an M.F.A. He has been a teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute.

                Trompe l'oeil expression became a part of Shaw's objects in the early
                1970s, through his personal attraction to 18th-century Staffordshire
                china, and an introduction to the use of china paints. Porcelain, which is
                Shaw's chosen medium of expression, is an especially tricky branch of
                ceramics; fired at very high temperatures as is glass, porcelain is
                difficult to control and demands precision and a technical mastery
                of the ceramics process. (Shaw "pooh-poohs" this aspect of his art,
                saying "Porcelain is actually nothing more than a white, translucent,
                vitreous clay-that is the technical definition. It is hard, translucent,
                white, nonporus, sonorous, and consists of kaolin, quarts, and feldspar.
                I tell my students that all the time."

                Shaw, an inveterate junk collector, spent a year collaborating with
                sculptor Robert Hudson in slip casting a variety of store-bought
                objects as well as rocks, pieces of logs, and twigs. Completing their
                inventory with wheel-thrown and handbuilt forms, the men proceeded to
                assemble teapots, jars and cups from these various components.
                Underglazes, china paints, air brushing, and fabrics pressed on the
                surface added texture and decoration. Each man made his own
                objects from the collection of parts and the results were surrealistic
                assemblages ofunrelated forms.