American raku pottery is a unique and magical form of pottery. The glowing hot vessel or sculpture is pulled from the kiln and placed in combustibles in a metal container. The can is then covered, smothering the flames acting as a reduction chamber. This creates a unique reaction between oxygen, the specific glazes I develop and the clay minerals that I use. It also affects the metal elements of my glazes. The color of the glaze and the crackle are dependent on the amount of oxygen allowed during the firing and the cooling. As oxygen is reduced, the reaction is forced to pull oxygen from the glazes, leaving behind a brilliant mix of colors. The results are always serendipitous and each raku pottery piece is truly one of a kind!
I have been focusing on handmade raku pottery exclusively for over 30 years and during that time have created a style which is genuinely distinct. My ceramics have been featured in various publications and have been represented by galleries and museums nationwide. I was recently chosen for the WNC Design Guide as part of a collection of top-selling curated artists from in and around Western North Carolina. I continue to derive great pleasure in developing new glazes and consequently new looks and sizes for my raku art.
For more information regarding my raku pottery process, please see my raku firing page. My new online store features all my latest raku pottery for sale, where you can see the complete range of my work. New pieces are added frequently and all sold pieces are marked as such. If you would like more information regarding my available pieces, my raku pottery process or if you would like to discuss commissioned pieces or schedule a time to visit my studio located in the beautiful mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, please contact me. My studio is also open 3 times a year, including a “kiln opening” event in the summer and semi-annually as part of the Weaverville Art Safari: 2015 dates are May 2nd & 3rd, and October 24th & 25th.
Please enjoy a video I created below to highlight some of my raku pottery and what inspires them! I am constantly adding new works and events so to stay updated, please sign up for my newsletter. Thank you and enjoy!