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 pottery piece is truly one of a kind! For more information about the raku firing process, please see here. I have been focusing on raku pottery exclusively for over 30 years and during that time have created a style which is genuinely distinct. Please take a look at all my available work in my new online store.
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 curated artists from in and around Western North Carolina. I continue to derive great pleasure in developing new glazes and consequently a new look for my ceramics art. Please see all available pieces here and please contact me with any questions or to visit my studio located in the beautiful mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. You can visit my studio by appointment and it 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.