SaguaroPottery

Unique hand made ceramics & jewelry

22 Sales

SaguaroPottery

Unique hand made ceramics & jewelry

22 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(13)

Announcement   Horsehair raku is a process where the piece is removed from the kiln while still red-hot and horsehair is applied to create the unique black markings. The smooth finish is achieved prior to firing when the pot is burnished with a small stone. The piece is finished with wax resulting in a soft glowing organic patina which looks more like wood or marble than clay.

Announcement

Horsehair raku is a process where the piece is removed from the kiln while still red-hot and horsehair is applied to create the unique black markings. The smooth finish is achieved prior to firing when the pot is burnished with a small stone. The piece is finished with wax resulting in a soft glowing organic patina which looks more like wood or marble than clay.

Carol Davenport

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5 out of 5 stars
(13)
voxsola

voxsola on Feb 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful... this is a gift for my sister. I know she will love it!!! I think it's gorgeous and just her style. Thank You!

JoAnn Cataldo

JoAnn Cataldo on Jun 16, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Great, beautiful piece of pottery. Especially love the touch of turquoise on it. Thanks, JOANN

Lisa Fagan

Lisa Fagan on Mar 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful pieces of art work. Very well packaged and included a nice hand written note and information about how it was made.

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Saguaro Pottery

"I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning glory is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I'd like to put it together and express it..."
Robert Bateman

I have always been drawn to handmade ceramics—the uniquely personal nature of it. And from my first experience with clay, I was captivated. Clay is both ancient and contemporary. It could be worked in a liquid, semi - solid or solid form and requires the interaction of all of the elements to produce a finished piece. I have always been a student of history, and clay constantly makes me aware of its connection with human history. Working with it makes me feel connected to the earth and past generations.

My work is hand built and slab constructed in stoneware clay, many items having a carved design which grows directly from the shape of that piece. Next it is highly burnished and fired in a kiln using a horsehair raku technique. The forms are influenced by my life growing up, and now residing in the southwest. This provides the inspiration for my work. Each day my eyes explore the various shapes and textures in my environment--the crevices in the surface of rocks, the curves made by tree branches, the angles formed by a spiny cactus.

The colors achieved during a horsehair raku firing are crucial to the outcome of my forms. Colors of black, red, orange, brown, and gold are all colors associated with the southwest. Soft grey flashing marks and dark black squiggles create a dialogue between the ware and the elements imposed upon them. The strong colors and patterns reflect the colors of the desert, and the red rocks of Sedona and Monument Valley.

Finally I embellish the carvings in each piece. I use chips of natural stone in this process, choosing the stone to fit the carving and colors of each individual piece. Each is a personal response to the elements that inspired that piece. The form it takes is the result of thoughtful analysis of shape and process to make each particular piece unique. It is the final step in developing the history, place and vocabulary of the piece.

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