Marlys & Richard Kunkel

Artist Bio
Since 1989 we have created ceramic works with Beatles lyrics or in a Beatles theme. Marlys and Richard Kunkel have been married for 42 years. We have four adult children and five wonderful granddaughters. The oldest started college January of this year. Marlys was born in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Texas in 1969. Richard is a Dallas native. In 2011 we moved from the Dallas area to Ribera, NM, a small village on the Pecos River in north east New Mexico. Richard was a councilor before he taught pottery and later went out on his own. Richard became disabled in 2008. Marlys was a homemaker and later worked in finance before going full time with the pottery.

Artist Statement
Stoneware pottery, nichos, shadow boxes, sculptural works, & tiles with words to Beatles songs or in a Beatles theme. We use stoneware clay and pigmented liquid clays to write by hand on the surface and or decorate the surface with bright colors. The bright colored pieces are applied in layers and then reduced with steel wool. All of our work is fired twice.