Rick Beck creates large-scale, cast glass sculptures which focus on form and color; with subjects as varied as mundane household items to the human figure. Whatever the topic is, in Rick's hands the subject is raised to new heights of meaning, both visually and conceptually. He says, "I enjoy the interplay of the visual (visceral) versus the verbal (descriptive/technical). The work should challenge the eye and the mind." By using a fragile material to represent items usually regarded as sturdy and nearly indestructible, he creates an interesting balance and contradiction in his work. The first step in his creative process is to create a clay form, from which a silicone mold is then made. Recycled molten glass, which is fired to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit, takes the shape of the mold. It takes anywhere from two weeks to two months for these pieces to cool to room temperature. The form and surface of the sculpture is then finalized by cutting the glass with diamond blades, resulting in a rough and unpolished surface. Light passes through the matte glass creating a subtle and beautiful quality of light, without distracting from a focus on the form of the piece.