A Product of Sand

A Product of Sand, New Jersey Recipe Material Dissection. Site- specific Glass, Ceramic Crucible. 4.5”x 3.4”. 2015.

2016 winners of an 'Art Space Is Your Space' residency award, Sam Ihrig and Anna Riley, also known as RIAS Studio, will be staying at Wave Pool for the month of May 2016. While in Cincinnati, RIAS Studio will experiment with creating site-specific glass using raw materials, which will be harvested locally and re- gionally, to explore the intimacy between maker and material, material and place.

An exhibition featuring works related to this project will open on May 14th from 7-10pm at Wave Pool Gallery and will continue to evolve throughout the month of their resi- dency with Wave Pool. They will also host a two day workshop on May 22nd and 23rd where community participants will identify and collect local Cincinnati materials to cre- ate glass, returning to the studio to create unique formulas together. In addition to the workshop RIAS invites the community to participate in an ongoing sculpture which will accumulate and evolve over the duration of the show. Each participant will be able to keep their particular Ohio glass.

RIAS Studio (Research Institute of Analogue Sampling) is a collaboration between artists Sam Ihrig and Anna Riley, both currently living in New York, NY. Their practice is driven by material inquiry, in particular through the material’s geological and botanical origins. In recent months their research has led them from coasts to quarries, harvesting raw ingredients from the earth to manufacture site-specific glass recipes.

Sam Ihrig, Portland-native, studied Industrial Design at the California College of the Arts. Anna Riley, born in Birmingham, Alabama, studied Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. After moving to New York they formed RIAS Studio, a collaborative practice emerging from a strong desire for material intimacy. Their current project ex- plores the origins and production of glass. 

For more: www.wavepoolgallery.org