b. 1943, St. Louis, MO
Sandy Kaplan began working with clay in 1989 in the ceramics studio at Craft Alliance. The artist makes sculptures, vessel forms and hand built platters in terra cotta which she then paints in a range of colored glazes. The frieze of figures on her vessels are women and men relating to each other in conversation, affection, and love. The figures emerge into three dimensional space to enter into our own world. References to Reginald Marsh and Thomas Hart Benton’s work by depicting people clustered together in “New York style” street scenes of night life from the 1930s. In all of Kaplan’s work, the individual figure and the ways of relating multiple figures express her deepest feelings toward human emotion and connection.