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ROBERT PULLEY
Columbus, Indiana - United States



Original Artworks (17)

Robert Pulley; Organicgeometry, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 24 x 29 inches. Artwork description: 241 This abstract organic sculpture made of hand built clay is a cluster of loose geometric forms glazed in mottled natural colors. It is very much an in- the- round sculpture with views dramatically changing as one moves around it. Install indoors or outside in the garden or ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
24 x 29 inches (61.0 x 73.7 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Heart, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 22 x 49 inches. Artwork description: 241 This tall, human scale ceramic sculpture is unique, hand built and fired to stoneware temperatures. It rests in the year around garden as easily as it does in the home or office. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
22 x 49 inches (55.9 x 124.5 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Composition In Black, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 26 x 39 inches. Artwork description: 241 This robust human scale abstract sculpture possesses mystery and strength.  It looks great in a garden setting as well as in doors. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
26 x 39 inches (66.0 x 99.1 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Stolen Glance, 2020, Original Sculpture Clay, 16 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 Stolen Glance is an evocative title, but this is a purely abstract, organic sculpture.  Two forms are connected at the base.  On would have been a thick spear point except for a right angled negative cut out of it.  The other form wraps around slightly, creating a ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2020
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Plain Of Stone, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 17 x 9 inches. Artwork description: 241 This sculpture is part of a new series that plays with a shallow concavity with sharp chasms at the edges.  At the same time, the form is squat and anchored, like a tree trunk.  There are architectural passages, cave, tunnelsOn this piece melted iron and ash glaze ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
17 x 9 inches (43.2 x 22.9 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Conic Oculus, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 22 x 17 inches. Artwork description: 241 The term oculus refers to the conical piercing of this simple form that frames a view.  This could be installed outdoors on a patio or in a garden.  A hole in the bottom can anchor it to a stone or steel plate for stability.  Hardware available on ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
22 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Fetish, 2019, Original Sculpture Clay, 14 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241 An evocative little table or pedestal scale sculpture.  An organic humped form is pierced by two rectangular open passages.  The brown clay is flecked with a light clay in scratch marks, textures and an incised white line that runs along the back.  There is some question what ...
Robert Pulley
Original Clay Sculpture, 2019
14 x 10 inches (35.6 x 25.4 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Orator, 2006, Original Sculpture Bronze, 9 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241 This table scale bronze sculpture mounted on a black marble block has a simple elegance and is made from a single twisting, rolling plane intersected by a smaller, flat geometric plane.  Two small organic found wax chips suggest the figure.  A beautiful, mottled warm patina adds to ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2006
9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Three Black, 2020, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 14 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241 A dark little table scale, stocky work.  Textures on the edges of the three forms suggest that this is a fragment of a larger form that has been damaged by the passage of time.  Besides black, there are deep browns and russets.  Mysterious.  May be used indoors ...
Robert Pulley
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2020
14 x 13 inches (35.6 x 33.0 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Organic Construction, 2020, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 12 x 15 inches. Artwork description: 241 A coil built geometricorganic sculpture with interlocking forms and rich earthy colors.  Straight edges and planes contrast with textures and soft passages. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2020
12 x 15 inches (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Icarus Wing, 2015, Original Sculpture Bronze, 17 x 4 inches. Artwork description: 241 Sculpture, Bronze, Patinated, Basalt, partially formed and polished, combined, black, grey, green. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2015
17 x 4 inches (43.2 x 10.2 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Cloud Bank, 2015, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 13 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241 Abstract, hand built, stoneware, clay, sculpture , rose, black, brown, light blue, cream. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2015
13 x 13 inches (33.0 x 33.0 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Inside Out, 2012, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 11 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241  Abstract hand built stoneware clay sculpture with rose, black, brown and burnt orange glazes over copper stain.  A dramatic scooped out negative leads the mind to try to project what the form would have been.  Organic and geometric play against each other. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2012
11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Little Grace, 2012, Original Sculpture Bronze, 7 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Abstract Bronze sculpture on a black marble base.  Table or pedestal scale.  Modern.  black and brown patina.  ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2012
7 x 12 inches (17.8 x 30.5 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Listener, 2011, Original Sculpture Bronze, 5 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241  Abstract Bronze sculpture on a black marble base.  Table or pedestal scale.  Modern.  black and brown patina.  A very active, but balanced play of intersecting plates. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2011
5 x 14 inches (12.7 x 35.6 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Turn Around, 2012, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 18 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  Hand built stoneware clay sculpture.  Organic form.Rose, blue grey, tan, grey green glaze over copper stain. ...
Robert Pulley
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2012
18 x 16 inches (45.7 x 40.6 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Marker, 2009, Original Sculpture Bronze, 5 x 9 inches. Artwork description: 241       Unique bronze sculpture with a rich dark  brown patina.  ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2009
5 x 9 inches (12.7 x 22.9 cm)
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Artist Statement

A friend told me recently that it was helpul for her to know how an art work is created and how the artist thinks. That led me to consider what I have to say about my art work. When one looks at my sculpture I hope one sees strength, mystery, sensuousness, spiritual energy and more. How these constructions in modeled clay can stir such responsed in myself and others is a mystery to me, but I can say something about my methods and way of thinking.

I have always been intuitive, reactive and spontaneous. I love improvisation, expression and the power of chance and serendipity. This may not seem obvious in large pieces that must be carefully crafted over weeks or months. Here is how it works. When I began the first pieces in this body of work many years ago they were purely improvisational. I would begin each piece with a flat slab of clay that I cut into a shape that would be the bottom of the sculpture. I usually had a vague idea of the proportions I wanted. This general notion set the theme within which I worked. In the manner of free jazz I would consider the form I had and mentally project what the possibilities might be for structure, expression and coherence. I worked on 4-6 pieces at a time adding a fat coil per day which I pinched into a 3"-4" section. When the sculptures were leather hard they were scraped to refine profiles and edges and to provide textural contrast. The building always progressed from bottom to top with the hardening clay giving no opportunity for revision or restructuring.

Eventually I discovered that preplanning sculptures would lead to new forms. Much of the sponteneity was in the planning phase. I first did thumbnail sketches followed by small modeled clay maquettes, followed by maquettes carved from stiff little blocks of clay, followed by my current favorite, maquettes carved from pieces hammered from big, thick irregular chunks of nearly dry clay. In all cases quick brainstorming activity leads to hundreds of sketches that are culled for the rare idea that deserves to grow into a sculpture. Of the sculptures begun nearly half are rejected and destroyed before they are completed.

Sculpture is a connection between the heart and mind of one creator to the heart and mind of others by way of the eye and the hand. I create in clay because it suits me. It is a humble, common, formless substance that freezes the energy of shaping forces and is transformed by the energy of fire. Through clay I search for my place in a vast, mysterious, interconnected and sacred nature displayed in forms of plant, animal, geologic and unnameable spirit.

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