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Sgraffitto Crow Pot

Sgraffitto Crow Pot

This stone ware pot is created with the sgraffitto technique.  Before firing, the light colored clay is coated with a fine particled black clay called terra sigillatta.  The layer of black clay is then carved away, creating the design.  This pot is also graced with a unique handle.

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Nutmeg Jug with Cobalt design

Nutmeg Jug with Cobalt design

Stoneware jug  with wheat cobalt design.  Food safe. Dishwasher safe.

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St. Paul de Vence, Raku Frieze

St. Paul de Vence, Raku Frieze

This is a free standing, Raku frieze.  It has been carved and painted with glaze before firing.  I fashioned this after a photo I took in this beautiful artists village outside of Nice, France.  One of my favorite places.

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Chateau de Chillon Raku Frieze

Chateau de Chillon Raku Frieze

This is a free standing, Raku frieze.  It has been carved and painted with glaze before firing.  It took two people with tongs to move it from the kiln to the post-firing reduction barrel!

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Napolean Bridge Raku Frieze

Napolean Bridge Raku Frieze

This is a free-standing, Raku Frieze.  I worked from a photo I took in France of a footbridge over a gorge that was built by Napolean in the 13th Century.  It was breathtaking, to say the least!

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Tree Sculpture

Tree Sculpture

My trees are all hand built and altered and no two are ever alike.  They can also be used as vases as they are hollow and will hold water!

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Sculptural

If you can’t drink from it, eat off it, or serve from it, or store things in it, it’s generally a sculptural piece!  On this page you will find sculptural works like murals, free standing friezes and even some sculptures.

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Taupe Horsehair Vase

Taupe Horsehair Vase

This raku pot is coated with a taupe colored terra sig and burnished to bring out a shine.  After removing from the kiln, horsehair is placed on the pot.  Driftwood is attached to the lid and dyed raffia is wrapped around it and glass beads are attached.

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Horsehair Raku

Horsehair Raku is not glazed.  Instead, when it is bone dry, the piece is coated several times in a very fine liquid clay called terra sigillata.

The color on the pots comes from colorants that are added to the terra sigillata.  This coating is burnished to a shine after each application.

After bisque firing, the piece is fired as for glazed Raku, but instead of being placed in the combustion chamber, it is left out in the open air.  Individual strands of horse tail hair are applied to the hot pot.  As the pot begins to cool, there is a very short window of time (about 30-45 seconds) that the pot will accept the hair and produce the desired effect, so timing is crucial.  The heat from the pot burns the hair, which creates the squiggles and smoke marks.  I also apply feathers to the hot pots and sprinkle sugar for some wonderful effects.  It is quick, hot work, but using this incredible post-firing decorating technique, no two horsehair pieces are ever alike!

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Hand Built Raku Bowl

Hand Built Raku Bowl

This bowl was hand built of coils with a slabbed rim and stamped.  It was fired in the raku process with a copper luster glaze.  When it was reduced in the trash can with combustibles after firing, the glaze changed to a copper luster color.  The rim, which was not glazed turned black from the smoke.

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