This is my
passion, creating a story on clay, painting it with colorful
glazes=glass, and using fire and smoke to create original one of a kind
I GET AN IDEA AND IT BECOMES A SERIES
OF PIECES AS I TRY TO WORK OUT MY THOUGHTS USING EARTHS CLAY MY HANDS AND
Each theme becomes a series that evolves or evaporates of its own momentum. All are hand built
originals and can not be duplicated. I
use an ancient Japanese firing process called Raku to adds additional interest with its contrast between color and rich matte black areas.
Clay is wedged and divided then wheel thrown, altered or hand built to create my clay shapes. Forms begin to tell their stories as they are sculpted, carved & imprinted.
Completed pieces are slowly dried then bisque fired in an electric kiln
removing moisture, and melting clay plates into their permanent shape
Pictures, patterns and areas will be detailed with under glazes then hand painted with low fire glazes that will melt into colorful glass coatings during a second firing, either the RAKU process or an oxidation firing.
RAKU - I fire in my garden using a ceramic fiber kiln that I built. This is a two phase process. First, using propane gas fuel I build temperature. Watching through the windows I see glazes blister, melt and finally shine. Timing and
temperature are crucial.
I lift the bonnet and using tongs I remove each red hot piece to a bed of combustibles. Smoke carbonizes unglazed areas and accents tiny glaze fractures with rich matt blacks. This gives each hand fired piece a unique aged look.
Laissez le bon temps roulle (Let the good times roll) with story pottery New Orleans style!