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ROBERT PULLEY
Columbus, Indiana - United States



Original Artworks (16)

Robert Pulley; Black Wall, 2015, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 19 x 17 inches. Artwork description: 241      Abstract, Sculpture, Ceramic, Hand Built, Organic, Nature, Contemporary, Black, Brown, Charcoal Grey, Burnt Orange, Texture, Quiet, Strong, Ancient, Aged, Stoneware Clay, ...
Robert Pulley
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2015
19 x 17 inches (48.3 x 43.2 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Black Wall, 2015, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 19 x 17 inches. Artwork description: 241     Abstract, Sculpture, Ceramic, Hand Built, Organic, Nature, Contemporary, Black, Brown, Charcoal Grey, Burnt Orange, Texture, Quiet, Strong, Ancient, Aged, Stoneware Clay, ...
Robert Pulley
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2015
19 x 17 inches (48.3 x 43.2 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Blue Knobbly, 2015, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 12 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241     Table top scale ceramic sculpture with a bit of whimsy. Suggests a sea creature? Can be installed indoors or out. The high fired clay does not mind the weather. Blues, roses, umbers and burnt orange.   ...
Robert Pulley
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2015
12 x 13 inches (30.5 x 33.0 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Blue Knobbly, 2015, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 12 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241     Table top scale ceramic sculpture with a bit of humor. Mollusk? Sea creature?  Roses, blues, umbers and ochres. May be used indoors or outdoors. The high fired clay does not mind the weather.  ...
Robert Pulley
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2015
12 x 13 inches (30.5 x 33.0 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. ...
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Original Bronze Sculpture, 2015
17 x 4 inches (43.2 x 10.2 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Serengeti, 2013, Original Sculpture Bronze, 17 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241 Sculpture, Bronze and pink granite, rose, iron brown patina, abstract, extrapolation, organic, nature, aged, ancient...
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Original Bronze Sculpture, 2013
17 x 8 inches (43.2 x 20.3 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Bull, 2015, Original Sculpture Mixed, 11 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241 Bronze, Granite, rose, dark brown,...
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Original Mixed Media Sculpture, 2015
11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Blue Canyon, 2013, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 11.5 x 15 inches. Artwork description: 241     Abstract hand built stoneware clay sculpture with rose, blue, black, brown and burnt orange glazes over copper stain,  ...
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Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2013
11.5 x 15 inches (29.2 x 38.1 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.  ...
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Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2015
13 x 13 inches (33.0 x 33.0 cm)
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Robert Pulley; Portal, 2012, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 16 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241     Abstract, bronze, sandstone, salmon, teal, burnt umber. ...
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Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2012
16 x 18 inches (40.6 x 45.7 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. ...
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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.  ...
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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. ...
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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; Dancer And Bird, 2008, Original Sculpture Bronze, 16 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241  Bronze abstract on black marble base.  Black and brown patina.  ...
Robert Pulley
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2008
16 x 14 inches (40.6 x 35.6 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.  ...
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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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