An obsessive love of clay has led me to devote my life to pottery. It suited me and allowed me to work at both physically demanding and creatively stimulating media. I honed my skills making functional pots inspired by folk pottery. Perfecting new methods of moving the clay is a focus of my work. My present work is a “Growth Series” leading me to a more artistic approach.
My old school raku forms reflect interests in archaelogy and paleontology. The timeless nature of my ceramics has been allowed to follow an evolution of its own path. I’ve exhibited and sold my work at quality art fairs throughout the U.S. since the 1980s.
Lives and works in rural Minnesota, where he has made stoneware functional pottery for over 45 years. His pots are loosely made to impart an organic and fresh aesthetic. Wood ash glazes over colored slips are employed for the surfaces.
Dragon’s vessel’s basic sculptural elements impose few imaginative limits. Earthenware vessels are carved, hammered and manipulated to create shapes and patterns that contrast with their smooth interiors. Many are burnished with fine particles of decanted subtly colored clay. Their interiors are glazed, creating contrasting colors and textures.
Paul Eshelman’s clay vessels order and dignify human life. Clarity is given to his simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes and red clay body render elegant presentation of food and drink.
My sgraffito designs are a collection of my favorite patterns, images, memories, or stories. The subjects I prefer have two volumes: quiet, nature inspired imagery or whimsical, light-hearted, narrative pictorials. Enveloping my pots in this detailed imagery creates a marriage of surface and form.
My work takes inspiration from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution--a time when things were mass produced but not fully mechanized. A moment when man was just beginning to master machine. These pieces embody the quirky nature of discovery and reflect a desire to revisit the past.
Function between thought and object becomes a fascinating life-long dynamic, as I work with clays in porcelain and glass fusion surfaces. My work uses basic wheel thrown shapes as starting points. The clays and glazes I use are fired to stoneware temperatures (2374° F), which are food safe, microwave and dishwashing stable.
My work is stoneware with wood ash glazes. I alter classic forms in pursuit of a dynamic territory.
Contemporary “American” RAKU-Wheelthrown & handbuilt clay vessels & tiles. Pieces are burnished & carved then carefully glazed using techniques such as hand brushing, airbrushing, & pouring methods. Husband/wife collaboration. Copper wire embellishment on each piece.
A native of Southern California, John has been making pottery since the early 70’s. He has made Michigan’s upper peninsula his home for the past 20 years. His appreciation of the early craftsman style, with its Japanese influence, has been an inspiration in his work. His goal is to create pottery that will be timeless in its appeal for generations to enjoy.
Mendes sculpts with red earthenware clay overlaid with a decorative narrative using colored clay slips. Jenny makes objects that people can hold intimately in the hand. Her fingermarks in the fired clay become connection to hands that feel her sense of touch, and wonder. Of local interest, Jenny earned a BFA at Washington U. in St. Louis.
Each piece is an individual expression of the uniqueness that I find in naturally occurring objects. I work to embody the subtle delights of details that can only be seen through intense investigation of the piece. The most important question for me is: What can my own mind create to instill curiosity about our natural world for others?
Michael creates ceramic sculptures of familiar objects such as hand tools, buckets, paint cans, and industrial components. These sculptures represent ideas such as “labor“, “creativity”, and “dad“. The familiarity of these sculptures often engages the intellect and emotion in unexpected ways.