Check out the video (by clicking on the link below) which shows my wood kiln in action and gives a bit of background about the kiln and my work in the studio. The video was created by fellow OCAG member Eli Melet:
FOIGHIDINN - The Scots Gaelic word for “patience” reflects my life's journey by way of Canada, Scotland, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia and now Hillsborough, NC where I currently have my home studio.
The transition has been made from decades of practicing architecture to making pottery. Along the way, I have been privileged to associate with and learn from many accomplished potters and to have been welcomed as an active member of artist co-ops and studio tours along the way.
Experimenting with form, texture and color is one of the most pleasurable aspects of working with clay. I use stoneware clay bodies, mix my own glazes from raw ingredients and implement a number of glaze application methods to include dipping, pouring and spraying.
Creating texture by imprinting and excising the clay with tools and stamps or cutting the surface with wires or stretched springs is often part of a day's work in the studio. The effect these surface techniques have on the applied glazes affords great visual and textural appeal.
Many of my wares are fired within the relatively controlled environment of a gas kiln, however, I prefer the wild-and-wooly process and serendipitous results achievable only through the ancient practice of wood firing. It's the love of the "process" that has drawn me to that medium and I have recently constructed a wood fired kiln outside my home studio.
Supporting my community by donating work to non-profit causes such as the "Empty Bowls" is important to me. I cherish the growing fellowship with my brothers and sisters in the fire and clay community and have come to acknowledge "FOIGHIDINN" as an integral part of the wood fire experience.
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