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Sculptor Elizabeth Ritter has worked many thousands of hours in her rural, Missouri studio listening to UCM's public radio station 90.9 The Bridge. For the second time this talented artist has made a gift to the public broadcast station 90.9 The Bridge of her raku sculptures.
Raku is a type of Japanese pottery with a unique process. It is traditionally characterized by hand-molding of the clay as opposed to turning it on a potter's wheel, resulting in each piece being "one-of-a-kind"; low firing temperatures (resulting in a fairly porous body), lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot.
These one of a kind pieces will be auctioned off on behalf of public radio 90.0 The Bridge. They will be displayed at Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO during September and October.
University of Central Missouri alums may know Ritter's renowned piece, the bronze "Today's Quest, Tomorrow's Destiny" which faces Holden Street, just east of Vernon Kennedy Stadium.
Over the years Ritter has shared her work and her techniques with many scores of people around the country. That she has made this personal gift of such excellent sculpture to public broadcast stations 90.9 The Bridge makes us pleased and proud to have such talented and generous friends.
Thank you for making a generous bid on these two mule sculptures.