My new series of raku fired clay sculptures are created by juxtaposing altered wheel thrown forms with hand built elements, which are incised with abstract designs. Breaking free from traditional ideas my clay works have developed a spontaneous and fresh new life. The pieces are bisque fired and then glazed with copper and colored glazes. The glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in coldwater. This violent process is called “Raku” and it mysteriously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface. My goal is to create works that convey a mood, connecting you to its mystery.
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My raku fired clay jewlery is created using the same process as my sculpture work. I roll out flat slabs of clay and cut clay jewelry from the slab. Original drawings are incised in the clay which is bisque fired, hand painted with various glazes and raku fired. This process creates one of a kind jewelry that is impossible to reproduce. The glazes always react differently in the raku firing method which makes the coloration unique and unpredictable. I finish my raku jewelry with nickel-free earwires which are hypo-allergenic and antique finished findings.
I’ve been working with clay since 1992 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 1994. I am currently a full time artist and exhibit in art shows across the country. I am the sole creator of each work from its original design conception to completion. My raku clay works are an evolution in process with each form being a unique continuum of my artistic destination. Please visit my website to learn more about my work and exhibitions.
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161 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920