Integration of the figure has always been a priority in Ruth Rippon’s work, either as a design element, narrative illustration, or succinctly as a figurative form, with occasional autobiographical allusions. As noted, the early examples incorporate the figures as a design element on a vessel form. Ruth also embarked on figurative coil-built sculptures which appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Monochromatic sculptures like Sophia, 1959 and Mother and Child, 1964 are hand built forms that serve as symbols of womanhood addressing universal experiences.