Ron Dale has lived in Mississippi for more than three decades. He was born and grew up in North Carolina, spent two years in the Navy, and studied at UNC–Asheville before earning a BFA from Goddard College and an MFA at Louisiana State University. Dale taught at the University of Mississippi from 1980 until becoming professor emeritus in 2005. He also taught ceramics at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in the summers of 1985 and 1995, at Cortona, Italy, in the summer of 1987, and at Blackhills Pottery in Elgin, Scotland, in the fall of 2000. He has received numerous awards, and his work is in numerous private and public collections and has been shown in 26 solo exhibitions and nearly 100 group-invitational exhibitions throughout the nation.
Dale works in two modes, one making dinnerware, cups, pitchers, bowls, trays, and vases. For his other mode Dale uses clay and wood to create multidimensional sculptures. “My sculptural work has evolved out of the traditional vocabulary of the vessel,” he explains. “Combined with architectural and furniture imagery, I am able to explore concepts of altered space and perspective, light and shadow, and the flattening of form while allowing for a more direct expression of ideas—ideas dealing with both social and personal issues.” In 2016 he was awarded The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dale designed and built his family home and his studio (Irondale) in rural Lafayette County, where he continues to make and display new work.
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