Ronaldo’s new series, Earth Tones formations are influenced by Ancient Egypt. Specifically, linking to Canopic jars which were used during the mummification process to store and preserve internal organs for the afterlife.
Ronaldo found himself in deep thought with the treatment of each vase, from exploring textured finishes to the type of glaze. Then finally Ronaldo thought about experimenting with various textures, both from glazing and on raw, untouched clay. For their distinctive texture, he used a serrated kidney to create ring markings which bring attention to the formation’s beauty.
When considering glazes, Ronaldo sought insight from Barbados’ east coast, an area primarily surrounded by raw clay and wholesome earth. On some of the pieces Volcanic glazes and tones adorn each formation, varied in consistency and style, depicting the landscape of the area.