Vasefinder Nationals 2009
Exhibitor 24

David Smith

Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA

Title: Storage Jar

Year of Creation: 2007

Glaze: Wood fired Bromberg Black

Clay Body: Stoneware

Dimensions: Height 24 inches, Width 22 inches

Artist's Statement: My work in ceramics focuses on the created of wood fired vessels and sculpture. For over twenty five years, I have developed my expertise in the art of wood firing. My current kiln, the Kengonsa Anagama, offers a diverse range of surface qualities when fired for a period of 7-8 days. My primary goal with this kiln is to develop complex firebox surfaces that complement my sculptural works. This kiln was designed to maximize the firebox in which numerous pieces are in direct contact with charcoal. I apply layers of slip and glaze to my pieces and subject these surfaces to the effects of charcoal over an extended period of time at high temperature. Using slip and glaze in this manner serves to broaden the palette of the natural ash glaze. My vessels and sculpture serve as canvases for the rich textural qualities offered by this process. Please see my work at

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