tokkuri (sake bottle) , porcelain, fired for 9 days in our Little River Anagama, no applied glaze
Today's artist, Yolande Clark, is actually an artist whose blog I've been following for a while now. So I was naturally thrilled to see the submission and to have the opportunity to share her work with you all. There are definitely times in which, although the internet is an indispensable tool for linking our vast and varied community - sometime when I read about the context in which each artist works, all I really want to do is hop in the car and stop by for a coffee and a chat around the kiln. Artist really do live some of the most interesting lives...and here's Yolande's story:
Amitabha Buddha--porcelain, fired for 3 days in our Bourrigama, all natural ash glaze
"My husband and I live in a tiny strawbale solar-powered cottage in the backwoods of rural New Brunswick, Canada. We fire a 27 foot long anagama and a bourrigama with a focus on natural ash glaze, and although we occasionally use shino, for the most part we don't use any applied glaze. We fire intuitively, without the use of cones or pyrometers. My inspirations include the tradition of yakishime tea-ware, buddhism, and the rhythms of our daily life. The worlds and constellations of colour and texture that result from the woodfire process, and the magic of the ritual of firing itself, are our passions.
vase, porcelain, fired for 9 days in our Little River Anagama, no applied glaze
I apprenticed with my husband, Lee Horus Clark for 3 years, and now we work together. Two weeks ago we completed the construction of our new bourri-gama.
All of the pieces attached here, are all natural ash glazed, with no applied glaze."