Stoneware or porcelain, wheel-thrown or handbuilt, small scale or upscale, fired electric, gas, raku, more: I approach each piece as a distinct and individual challenge. Priorities? Form and space--inside and outside, interacting with the object's profile, surface
and color; detail, maximizing materials. Add surprise
and hard-earned spontaneity. Here are
some vignettes, showing the
"behind the scenes" of recent work.
I take all the photos; many in the studio to document what's going on and what might be worth working on further. Enjoy their imperfection.
Once again (after nearly 40 years)
using gas kiln and firing to cone 10.
and stoneware's minerals
show so well.
controlled forms with
fluid brushwork, underglazes,
slips and oxides bring
out the individual character.
Bold wax resist adds to "attitude".
ELECTRIC FIRED, CONE 6
RAKU AND ALTERNATE FIRING
Digging deeper into raku,
alternate firing techniques
and surface preparation
possibilities and pose
interesting problems to solve .
What could be better?
GAS FIRED, CONE 10
Joan Libby Hawk, Studio Potter
Interpreting Clay, Color, Form
Ideas + Process + Materials...Look Inside