Richard Ritter began his study of art in high school and continued his studies at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He had the opportunity to not only study and get his degree, but to also teach. During this time, he began experimenting with glassblowing and decided that was the medium he had been searching for to begin his life’s work. In the late ‘60s and early 70s, not satisfied with just glassblowing he began working with making glass murrini (a long stick or cane with the pattern stretched throughout and cross slices are worked into the glass so that you have the same pattern repeated).
The murrini process is represented in the vase we are offering for sale. The vase with its mauve, brown, yellow, grey and black colors stands 5” tall and is approx. 5 1/2” in the middle diameter. As the photos show, the vase is cased in clear glass – which is very shiny and shows quite a few reflections in the pictures. The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. It is quite substantial, weighing around 3 lbs 10 oz.. It is signed Richard Ritter on the bottom, but it was hard to photograph.
Ritter has gained the attention of many art glass collectors. Mrs. Walter Mondale commissioned him to create a set of dessert plates which became a part of the Permanent Collection of the Vice President’s Residence in Washington, D. C. In 1993, he was one of 70 of America’s leading crafts artists invited to contribute an example of their work to the first permanent White House Crafts Collection. In 2011, Ritter was declared a North Carolina Living Treasure, receiving a medallion in a ceremony at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and honored with the exhibition Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Poetic Glassworks of Richard Ritter.
This would be a wonderful addition to your art glass collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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