Category Archives: Ceramics

Ha Austin

Website: http://www.haaustinceramics.com/

My ceramic education has been self-directed, taking classes at: community colleges, art centers, workshops, reading numerous books and surfing the Internet. The more I learn, the more I realized that working in clay combined science and art and I found myself right where I wanted to be.

Most of my forms are created on the potter’s wheel using porcelain clay. My crystalline glazes are all hand mixed and I often spray the glazes onto my forms. The intricate and meticulous nature that is involved in measuring and mixing my crystalline glazes as well as the mystery surrounding the determination of the appropriate firing schedule, appeals to my science-based education. Sometimes I feel like I am a mad scientist toiling in my lab, mixing up various chemicals to form the ultimate glaze and then “throwing the switch” to see what “life form” (crystals) will emerge from my kiln. Crystalline glazes can be a time consuming endeavor but the rareness and beauty of each ceramic creation makes my journey worthwhile.

To balance out the more intricate and meticulous nature of crystalline glaze work, I also decorate pots by applying layers of underglazes or colored slips to leather hard pottery then scratching off parts of the layer(s) exposing the clay body to create whimsical designs. I also enjoy using different tools to carve images and patterns directly on the clay.

Colin Martin

I am currently a Junior at Oregon State University working towards a degree in Construction Engineering Management.    My interest in clay developed during my Senior Year in high school and I have continued to pursue that interest throughout college. I work as a clay technician at the OSU Craft Center recycling clay, teaching workshops, and keeping the studio clean and organized. 

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Marilyn Woods

I cannot remember a time that I wasn’t making things. It has always been “me”. I have been a potter for many years, and now I also am painting, to my delight. I paint mostly in acrylic and love that for the color – yes, the colors. With ceramics you don’t get to see the colors until you are finished.

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Mike Moullet II

artshow 2 mike moulletPottery is my connection to the earth we live on. To combine earth, water and fire is one of the most primitive expressions of life lived. Yet it still sustains us in the world we live in today.three rivers artist guild page1

I have been working with clay for over 25 years. Raku is a great love of mine- the surprise and spontaneity of the process feeds my need for instant gratification. Alternately, I enjoy the depth and flexibility that stoneware provides as a means to create functional items people use and touch every day. It is a process that teaches me patience. For the person purchasing a pottery piece, it is usually a thoughtful process. How will this fit in my home, my life…to be a part of that is extremely rewarding.

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