Much as a stream tumbles, scrapes, and polishes the rocks that lie in its bed, so the wood-fired kiln, in compressed geologic time, touches and alters the pots in its belly. With the flashing of flames, the deposition of ash, and the fluxing of salt, a pot is transformed in unpredictable ways. The pot bears the story of its making on its surface to be read like history.
My approach is to form vessels of daily use that have some sweetness of shape that invite touch and might please the eye, and then surrender that piece to the fire. The piece becomes a canvas upon which the fire paints. I use clay that is sensitive to the differences in atmosphere that exist within a wood fire and that show the touch of ash. I like to explore the tensions between firmness and control vs fluidity and spontaneity in my forms.
Gnarly wild wood branches form the handles. Wood and rock often relate to each other in natural environments; the pots mirror, honor and celebrate that long marriage.
Although, as you may suspect, wood firing is a labor intensive process, it allows heating the kiln to 2450 degrees F without the need for fossil fuels.
Beautiful ceramic vase with blended burgundy and pale blue glazes; 5 1/2″ tall, 2 1/8″ opening.
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Littleton Fine Craft Gallery
81 Main Street Lower Level
Littleton, NH 03561
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Nestled in the shadow of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and located along the bank of the Ammonoosuc River, Littleton is the hub of the North Country. You will find the Littleton League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery at 81 Main St, in the heart of downtown.
With one of the best selections of fine crafts in New Hampshire: From mugs to wood-block prints, hammered silver bracelets to handwoven shawls, you will always find something elegant, playful, practical and original.
The Littleton Gallery opened in 2004, one of the League’s nine retail galleries around the state.