b. ca. 1954
Tom Rippon helped redefined American ceramics, pushing the medium beyond expectations. His work is delicate, playful, and his forms are often cartoon-like. Rippon’s sculptures are in the collections of many museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and area museums such as the Missoula Art Museum, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and the Yellowstone Art Museum. Rippon taught at the School of Art at the University of Montana, Missoula for 19 years, retiring in 2008.