Joshua Kovarik's Profile

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Focused primarily on functional forms, made with the intention of use, I strive to create objects that fulfill the need for beauty in everyday life, as well as attempt in some way to keep this craft a living art.

Since 2005, when I first discovered clay, I have been driven by an insatiable appetite for learning and using this medium. I prefer most to make stoneware, fired in gas or wood kilns-I love the warm array of earth tones and welcoming texture of groggy, iron-rich clays, especially when accentuated by the unpredictable atmosphere and effects of wood and salt kilns. I choose, often, to work my pieces very little beyond their original shaping on the wheel, hoping to communicate something of the pleasure and spontanaity I feel during the act of making in the finished piece; a preference which necessitates a strong focus on throwing technique as well as intimate knowledge of the properties…

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  • Male
  • Born on August 12
  • Joined September 26, 2007

Favorite materials

clay, glaze

About

Focused primarily on functional forms, made with the intention of use, I strive to create objects that fulfill the need for beauty in everyday life, as well as attempt in some way to keep this craft a living art.

Since 2005, when I first discovered clay, I have been driven by an insatiable appetite for learning and using this medium. I prefer most to make stoneware, fired in gas or wood kilns-I love the warm array of earth tones and welcoming texture of groggy, iron-rich clays, especially when accentuated by the unpredictable atmosphere and effects of wood and salt kilns. I choose, often, to work my pieces very little beyond their original shaping on the wheel, hoping to communicate something of the pleasure and spontanaity I feel during the act of making in the finished piece; a preference which necessitates a strong focus on throwing technique as well as intimate knowledge of the properties of my clay. I choose my glaze surfaces to accentuate this. These are my recipes: my own glazes and clay bodies, made primarily with materials, such as wood ashes and slip clays, that I harvest and process myself. The preciousness and uniqueness of each limited batch of materials means that not only are these pieces especially one-of-a-kind, but that every year or two I create an entirely new glaze palette.

This means that behind each piece is many hours of testing and processing (I made over 400 glaze tests this last August just starting a new palette) as well as the steady form investigation and development I've maintained over the years.

I hope that my pots want to be used, that they are fulfilled as art objects when occupying their intended place; whether a vase to hold flowers, a mug to drink from, or a jar that invites opening.

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