Each piece is created by using one of two techniques. One is to make marks for texture and then slip, carve, or dip and layer glazes over each other. Or I might simply paint an underglaze of bright red or white flowers and a green leaf pattern. Then I let the firing process bake the final layer. It amazes me to see the wonderful reactions that occur. I allow the heat and flame of the kiln to produce the final effect, making a piece of art to use every day for cooking, entertaining, or simply as a decoration to be enjoyed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am primarily working as a potter after I switched from painting oils on canvas to using pottery as my canvas. I throw each pot individually to create a unique piece; I am not a production potter. Each bowl or plate has its own special style and purpose. I use porcelain, red stoneware, and a darker clay body called ochre stoneware. My pieces each have their own unique characteristics, which I try to highlight, since my goal is to create something that cannot be duplicated.
© Kimberly Gust