Artist Bio, Statement and Process
Andrew Kail is a studio potter and educator working in Portland oregon and is the founder of Jack PIne Savage Clayworks. He is a member of the Oregon Potters Association and a participant in ceramics showcase.
He has taught numerous workshops in glazing and surface techniques, ceramic instrument making and sawdust kilns at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Portland Community College, the Vancouver School District and Portland Public Schools. He is a regular teacher and kiln technician at Georgie's Ceramic and Clay.
His work can be seen on this Etsy page, Boys Fort located in downtown Portland Oregon, Ceramics Showcase and his own studio in beautiful south east portland.
It is important to me to make work that is utilitarian and affordable in nature whilst being unique, handmade and one of a kind. I enjoy the simple daily ritual of a great cup of coffee in the perfect mug, that fits your hand and holds just the right amount. The decal process allows me to work with images across time and culture, which feels akin to DJ beats, co opting snips of art and repurposing and creating something new out of them.
I hand throw each piece on the pottery wheel. It is then dried, trimmed, cleaned and loaded into an electric kiln for its first firing at ^04 or 1945 degrees. The pieces are then brushed with glazes and fire again at ^6, or 2230. I then apply the decals to the fully fired work and and they go back in the kiln for the third time to set the decal.
I use an iron oxide digital transfer technique. This utilizes a black and white laser printer where the toner is 50% iron oxide, which is used in ceramics as a stain. The decal itself burns away in the kiln but the iron in the toner melts and fuses to the glaze. The images are sepia toned and have a tendency to be pixelated due to the printer, but they are permanent, microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Andrew Kail is a studio potter and educator working in Portland, Oregon. He balances his time between his own studio, Georgie's Ceramics and clay where he is a teacher and kiln technician, and the wood and waters of the north west.
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