Chad Dykstra

Sioux Falls, SD

http://upinsmokepottery.com

2019 Booth #75E

I received my first pottery lesson in 1992. It consisted of approximately 5 minutes of instruction and demonstration, after that I have spent the time since then developing my form and finding a voice for our my work.
Together with my wife, we have spent several years researching primitive firing techniques and other potters’ modern-day interpretations. I was fascinated by the colors and designs achieved without glazes and began to experiment. We embraced the unpredictability and variations from piece to piece. Every firing is different, the method may be the same, but results do vary.  
The time spent working without glazes has given myself and my wife the opportunity to explore and develop functional ware that still expresses variation and unpredictability in each piece by allowing the exterior to crack and highlight those cracks in the final product. Our pieces are commonly described as "Statement" piece in a collection.

©Chad Dykstra

©Chad Dykstra