Handmade Pottery by Julie Freeman-Burch

Richmond, Indiana · 2 Sales


Handmade Pottery by Julie Freeman-Burch

Richmond, Indiana 2 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Anonymous on Aug 22, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

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Pottery that is handbuilt, wheel thrown, barrel fired, painted, sculpted, carved, or whatever else I can think of...

I have always been an artist. When I was a child I used to draw people and make sculptures out of clay. I pretty much do the same thing today! I graduated from college in 1996 with a degree in painting and a minor in ceramics. I am a figurative and portrait painter, and I also love to make pottery.

I'm not the kind of potter that makes a lot of functional work. You can use most of my pieces in a functional way, but the art is what is most important to me. Once I make a piece, it's really hard for me to leave it alone. I have to do something else to it, whether it's carving into it, painting a design on it or adding sculpture to it.

I use traditional firing and glazing techniques, but I also love the effects of natural firing processes such as barrel firing. You put the pots into a barrel, add different kinds of combustable material, salts, and oxides, and set it on fire. The smoke from the fire actually soaks into the surface of the clay and creates the design on the finished piece. Also, before they are fired in the barrel, I apply a finish called terra sigillata, which means sealed earth in latin. This finish is what the Romans and other ancient cultures used to seal their pottery before glaze was invented. The technique was lost for thousands of years. Archeologists would find the pottery, but had no idea what they put on the pots to seal them. Finally they figured it out....and it was just clay! I love using terra sigillata because of it's history and because of the beautiful eggshell finish that it creates.


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