"After days of preparing test glazes for a kiln, I find it very hard to wait for
the kiln to cool. It’s like auditioning for a band and waiting for the judges to
post the results.
In the past five years I have been working on technique and theory of zinc glazes and I’m fascinated at the incredible metamorphosis that takes place in the kiln. I can create surfaces with no crystals, some crystals, or saturated the piece with crystals. For the rings I design the crystal on paper and convert distance to time which is then programmed into the firing schedule. Lately I’ve discovered how to change subtle tints of color in the rings.
I fire the kiln to cone 11 and then drop to around 2000 deg. F. I hold for 0 - 8 hours. I use traditional throwing techniques. On some pieces I use handmade rollers to add texture to the surface. It is important to me that the form has balance and harmony. I put careful consideration on the proportion, weight, shape, color, and design of the form.
I work in a 900 sqft. studio. I use a white stoneware clay body, throw clockwise, trim counter clockwise, and fire in a custom designed programmable electric kiln. All work is original and signed. ."
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