Contemporary Art

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Ceramics

Ceramics

My ceramics are wheel thrown and hand crafted.  Many of my pieces are low fired using alternative firing techniques such as smoke or saggar firing in a wood fired barrel kiln.  Others are finely pierces and and glazed, often with translucent celadon glazes which show off the natural white body of the clay, highlighting the piercing and carving. 

Low fired ceramics:  The low fired pieces (unglazed) are made of white stoneware clay and burnished to a high sheen.  Burnishing the clay gives the ware a satin-like sheen but the low firing temperature leaves the clay body porous so these items are not water resistant  (although these pieces can be treated to make them water resistant).   The smoke fired pieces are fired in a wood smoke reduction environment to give a rich satin black finish and I use a pop-off slip to reveal a contrast of the natural white clay body.  The saggar and barrel fired pieces are  fired with metal oxides which, during the firing, release fumes that are absorbed into the clay creating organic patterns of blues, pinks and greys which are unique to each piece.