Ron Dale thinks of his wood and ceramic constructions as three dimensional paintings. Artists typically work to make a two dimensional image appear three dimensional, but rarely do they attempt the opposite. Through this process combining painting and sculpture, Dale uncovers the nuances of light and shadow.
Dale grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and credits the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild for igniting his interest in ceramics and other folk traditions. He taught at the University of Mississippi from 1980 to 2005 after acquiring his MFA from Louisiana State University and his BA from Goddard College. He has owned and operated Irondale Studio since 1995.