Shop Exhibit

Robert Rapson | Ships
June 27 through August 6, 2015

Organized by Steven Baker

In Partnership with Creative Growth

Robert Rapson was born in 1951 in Wellington, New Zealand. Growing up, Rapson spent time observing passenger liners coming and going on the wharves where his father worked. He enjoyed the rituals of travel by sea; friends gathering to wave their goodbyes, musical groups playing on the wharfs as the ships left the harbor for parts unknown. In his late teens, he sailed to Europe on an Italian liner, the “Angelina Lauro”. That experience cemented his love of boats and the sea and thus began a lifelong obsession.

After losing his job in the 1980’s and fearing as he put it, “sitting around doing nothing”, be began to experiment with ceramics at age 40. Living with clinical depression, the process of making these boats at a community arts center helped give his life meaning. Rapson says he sees his art as “an evolution of my managing depression and growing older and something of an obsession”.

-Steven Baker

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Rattoello, no date
ceramic and glaze
13 X 3 X 3 inches

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Pacific Sky, 2002
ceramic and glaze
12 X 3 X 2 inches

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Sea Princess, no date
ceramic and glaze
10.5 X 3 X 2 inches

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Adonia, no date
ceramic and glaze
10 X 3 X 2 inches

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Europa, 2008
ceramic and glaze
11 X 3 X 2 inches

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Argentina, no date
ceramic and glaze
8 X 3 X 2 inches

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Regina Magna, 2007
ceramic and glaze
10.5 X 3.5 X 3 inches

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Splendor of the Seas, 2010
ceramic and glaze
8 X 2 X 2 inches

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Olympia, no date
ceramic and glaze
20 X 6 X 4 inches

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Golden Odyssey, 2010
ceramic and glaze
13 X 4 X 2.5 inches

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Wahine, no date
ceramic and glaze
10 X 3 X 2.5 inches

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Kazahkstan, no date
ceramic and glaze
7.5 X 3 X 2 inches

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Seven Seas Navigator, 2010
ceramic and glaze
9 X 2.5 X 2.5 inches

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Rangitiki, 2010
ceramic and glaze
9 X 3 X 2.5 inches

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Durban Castle, no date
ceramic and glaze
9 X 2 X 2 inches

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Norwegien Jade, 2006
ceramic and glaze
9 X 4 X 2 inches

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M. V. Ancerville, no date
ceramic and glaze
10 X 3 X 2 inches

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Eugenia, no date
ceramic and glaze
8 X 3 X 2 inches

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Princess Patricia, no date
ceramic and glaze
17 X 7 X 4 inches

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Le Levanti, no date
ceramic and glaze
10.5 X 3 X 2 inches