Bill Ritchie's art in Kansas
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Inge Balch Collection


Little C Square, and Inge Bach's ceramic art shown in the Lawrence Journal World archives

About Inge Balch : Inge Balch is an artist working mainly in ceramics. She purchased Little C-Square when Bill Ritchie had a show at Baker University, where Inge is also a professor of art. The photo of her work is available from the Lawrence Journal World.

Description: 1977 Print. Intaglio & woodcut. Black, ochre, blue, orange. Smith & Weber intaglio ink and watercolor on Japanese papers chine colle'd on Van Gelder Zonen. 6 3/4 X 5 in. on 12 X 9 in. Number 33 of an edition of 98. Signed lower right.

Artist's Comment: The C-squares series used the architect and engineer's instrument, warped, bent and twisted. Nineteen seventy-seven was the year of the Great Wave Square at Seattle's art festival, Bumbershoot, and other works on this theme. Sosaku-hanga is similar to watercolor and I could have a variety of colors in the foreground (bottom) area of the print. No two are alike - but almost. The bent 'C' form of the C-square is debossed. I used a pierced, cut-out area in the thin copper that I used for the etching and a ribbon of wood veneer carried the ochre.

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