Since 1973, I have worked with various firing temperatures which has allowed me to explore the amazing nature of clay in regard to form and surface decoration.
In 2000, with the help of generous potters, I was introduced to the ancient firing technique of woodfire in an Anagama kiln. The ultimate reward for me has been not the resulting pottery or sculpture, but the sense of community which surrounds the various kiln sites in the Pacific Northwest.
While I work mostly in mid-range Cone 6 porcelain clay (2200° Fahrenheit) and fire in a digitally controlled electric kiln, I take time to experiment with several high temperature stoneware and porcelain clay bodies, and when invited to an Anagama firing, strive to make specific work for each kiln.
Electric firing allows me to control not just the glaze colors, but also the designs, as most of my pieces are airbrushed with underglazes. The results are crisp images in vibrant, neon colors. This work is often mistaken for glass.
Woodfire is about letting go of control: letting the clay come alive, often without glaze, and allowing the flame and wood ash to make their marks.
Both techniques seem so opposite, yet I feel what I learn about form and surface in each process -- both in electric firings and in woodfire -- brings new energy to the clay and greater enthusiasm to my work.
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NATALIE WARRENS CERAMIC DESIGN - CONTACT
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