Incorporated in the display were 37 ceramic works, as well as one of Ratcliff’s undergraduate paintings.
When asked about his work, Ratcliff replied that it all “Got started when I just happened to pass by the ceramics room as an undergraduate in college and saw the instructor giving a demonstration."
"It was the first time I had ever seen someone using the potter’s wheel. I was probably a junior at the time and painting was then my concentration, but I ended up borrowing some clay from a friend and tried out the wheel myself.”
From there, Ratcliff’s talent blossomed and he went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in ceramics from Greenville College in Illinois and then a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from East Texas State University.
Ratcliff works primarily in stoneware with a focus on functional pieces, or functional pieces with sculptural
elements. He also likes to do work in Raku pottery.
“My inspiration can be anything I see or think about in the process of working,” he said. “I don’t necessarily look at a lot of other ceramists’ work. I tend to be more introspective and introverted in terms of ideas and styles.”
Ratcliff has taught at ULM for over 37 years.