ceramics

Christiane Porter

St Paul, MN

porterpotter.wordpress.com

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© Christiane Porter

© Christiane Porter

The forms that I create are made from Raku Pottery. They are wheel thrown as well as hand built. They are bottle shaped, various sized lidded pieces, vases, cylindrical forms, various bowls as wells sculptural pieces that include hand carved hearts and really fun little cars similar to vw bugs and buses. I also create some jewelry out of Raku beads and discs that I make along with copper components. Some of my lidded pieces and vases have other copper works included in them such as flower lids and copper beaded lid knobs.

Janine Schwendinger

Pine Island, MN

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©Janine Schwendinger

©Janine Schwendinger

My pieces are made with a stoneware clay body and are wheel thrown, hand built or a combination of both techniques. I do freehanded slip trailing, carving and sgraffito to decorate much of my work. Hand pulled handles and hand built appliqué are also used on many of my pieces. Nature inspires me, and I incorporate nature into my work both through images, as well as using things from nature directly in my work, such as a driftwood handle, or leaf impressions.

Chad Dykstra

Sioux Falls, SD

http://upinsmokepottery.com

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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