Hybrid: the combination of two things to make another. ie Hybrid plants, hybrid cars, hybrid animals… and now, hybrid pottery? Well, maybe. These pieces are a combination of both sculptural and functional with a bit of mixed media thrown in for good luck. So, if you think that constitutes them as “hybrids” … great! If not, please enjoy them for whatever purpose you deem them to have!
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You may have heard of “gathering baskets”… utilitarian baskets used to hold items, mainly functional. Well, I’ve titled this “Gathered Basket” as I gathered lots of different materials to create this basket! The body is clay that has been stretched while thrown on the pottery wheel. It was fired in a Raku kiln using the Obvara technique to give it a burnt, wood-like look. I then wove a birch bark panel into the side, raffia on the top and added some glass beads and a found wooden handle.
Earthy Raku pot with white crawl glaze and smoked body. Woven pine needles on the top with a partial rim of glass beads and a porcupine quill spray.
This raku pot was made as one and cut in half. Holes were made for weaving the pine needles in between the two parts. My hand prints were made with wax resist and then smoked after the pot was fired. After weaving, leather straps were added with pheasant feathers and glass beads to finish the piece.
The bottom of this bowl is ceramic and made with the crackle technique while still soft on the pottery wheel. Holes were placed around the rim so that handcrafted basketry could grace the top. The basketry is made of woven pine needles.
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.
This vessel was thrown in two parts to allow me to weave pine needles in between. I love the difference in glazing and textures in this piece.
This vessel was thrown in two parts to allow me to weave pine needles in between.