Lyn Riccardo


1955 born in Plainfield, USA » 1979 1st bachelor’s degree in ceramics (B.F.A.), Alfred College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY » 1985 Master’s degree in ceramics (M.F.A.), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana » 1985-1991 Studio in Brooklyn, NY » 1987-1991 Lecturer at the Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY » 1989 Coordination team member in the project “Spirit of Europe” of Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach and Parsons School of Design » Since 1992 Studio in Weiten » Since 1993 Member of the association Angewandte Kunst Saar, Berufsverband Handwerk Kunst Design e.V. » 1998 Designer of “La Boule” on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach


Born in the United States of America, Lyn Riccardo is an artist who works with ceramic materials. After studying ceramics at Alfred College of Ceramic Art (New York) and Louisiana State University she established her own artist’s studio in New York City. Since 1987, she has also worked as a teacher. In 1991 she moved to Germany. Here she works as a freelance artist, again in her own studio. In her selection of participants for “Spielraum 122”, she was committed to including powerful and distinct artistic voices. In contrast to her fellow participants, she came to Triptis with a concrete idea. The heading and subheading of the symposium led her to her theme. She decided to make playful use of components found in the automotive industry. Hubcaps are not a far-fetched theme, considering the federal state that is the home of the artist. Saarland has the third largest number of automotive suppliers in Germany. Lyn Riccardo brought prepared moulds to Triptis which could also be used in various combinations. Moreover, she found moulds in the production area and used them. She primarily made different kinds of “hubcaps”. Her aim was to create an installation where two fields of the same size are positioned facing each other. One of them has a carpet with a road pattern. On the carpet there are porcelain objects with a white, glossy glaze. These are partially painted in gold and platinum. They have a fine, elegant look, appearing somehow technically cool. The second field has a grass carpet. It is decorated with identical objects, but they have a different aura. This partially light-coloured version generates a playful appearance. The arranged contrast also implies the thought that the individual parts of the installation can be re-arranged. Lyn Riccardo has met the challenges posed by porcelain when working with large shapes in a way that is not perceptible to the viewer.


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