One of my teachers, Steve Martin, just had an exhibit of his pots at the Koa Gallery at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu. I took some photos and thought I'd share a few of those with you. In the near future I plan on adding a new page to the website that will highlight the work of local ceramic artists, and Steve will be the first one. I'll include only a few photos now and share more when I start the new page and look at Steve's work more closely.
Steve is well-known for making large pots and has more recently been exploring different techniques for pit firing his pieces.
Here's an example of a large pit-fired piece. The black comes from heavy reduction where the pot was lying in fine sawdust.
This is a large pot that was fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere. Steve made the pot more dramatic through his glaze application: holding the pot sideways, pouring glazes on one side, and letting the glazes flow in rivulets to the other side.
Steve's also well-known for his Japanese lanterns, a form that's used in people's yards throughout Hawaii.
Here's a closer look at a lantern that's been glazed with Joe's Green, one of several varieties of blue/green/black.
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!