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barricklowTodd Barricklow originally hails from Southern California and moved up to Sonoma County to attend Sonoma State University. He comes from a creative family of marionette makers and crafters. Barricklow’s main focus is in ceramics, but he is strongly influenced by printmakers like Posada and Durer. This is manifested in his sgraffito* treatment of clay, which he treats much like a woodblock. His work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and regularly shows around the country. Todd lives in downtown Santa Rosa and is well known for his giant bicycle and pedaled-powered contraptions that can be seen around town. Check out more of his work at toddbarricklow.com

barricklow2*Sgraffitto simply means to “scratch through.” It is a method of decoration used in ceramics that dates back to the Greeks with their urns. These boxes are hand built out of a white clay body, then coated in a black clay body, and then carved like a wood block while still moist. When the black clay is coated in clear glaze it goes to jet-black, causing this graphic look.