“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” J. Muir
I’m excited to share some of my new work with you!
As a lifetime gardener and nature enthusiast, I’ve had the desire to incorporate plants into my pottery for quite some time. I’ve never been good with a brush or pencil, so I tried many different processes over the past couple of years, from screen printing to Mishima, and none gave me quite what I was looking for. After much soul searching, and brainstorming with my fellow plant loving better half, I’ve finally settled on a simple way to incorporate them into my work through a process I really enjoy! I’m pressing plant material that I’ve either harvested from the woods, or grown in the garden, into the clay when it’s still a bit soft. I did not invent this process, no doubt, but i believe I’ve put a little of myself into it, and that makes me happy. This gives my work a seasonal nature, since the plant material available will change with the seasons. After the pieces dry I fire them in a bisque kiln, and then apply an underglaze to the pressings to give them some contrast. From there, they go for a ride down our long gravel road, and are loaded into a salt kiln, or wood kiln, depending on who I have the pleasure of firing with.
This load of work was fired in Kyle Carpenter’s salt kiln. Kyle has a been a full time studio potter in Asheville since 2002, and makes the most beautiful salt glazed pottery. I was lucky to meet him while I was at UNC Asheville during a kiln firing and he’s been a friend and mentor ever since. He got me excited about salt glazing, and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back! The way he fires his kiln creates a wonderful variation of warm colors throughout, and gives the natural feel that i love on my surfaces. If you haven’t already, check out Kyle’s work here.
I’ll be posting more about the specifics of salt firing sometime soon.
Here are a couple of my Lavender pots from this past firing (witch you can find on Etsy-). These are my absolute favorite to make because it smells SO lovely when i press the stems into the clay!
Thanks for reading, and Happy Spring!