All work is done by myself, starting with dry clay blending, wet clay mixing, and pugging. After these initial preparations, I size the clay for weight, then form by hand, either on the wheel or by slab rolling. Pieces may be altered by cutting, paddling, and faceting. Hand built additions may be added. Handles are pulled or rolled.
Wet forms are allowed to dry. Then, I load them into a kiln for preliminary bisque firing.
After the pots are cool they are removed from the kiln and the glaze process begins.
Forms are glazed using a variety of techniques including resist, dipping, trailing, brushing, sponging, and spraying. I have developed my own glaze formulas that give each piece its unique quality. My special style of glazing, more like painting, is a labored process with the average requiring 400 to 600 specific brush strokes and trailing placed layer by layer over a base glaze.
Upon completion, work is stacked again in the kiln and high-fired to a vitreous state. This requires eight to ten hours with temperatures reaching as high as 2300° or cone 9-10, then cooling for 12 t0 24 hours.
In the end, I hope to have created art, which suggest the beauty of our natural world. Individual pieces that can be used to generate personal expression and environment, and work which is life inclusive by function.
Jonathan Kesler – Earthly Arts Pottery – Established 1982
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