Ideas + Process + Materials...Look Inside

Digging deeper into raku,

alternate firing techniques

and surface preparation

expand aesthetic

possibilities and pose 

 interesting problems to solve . 

What could be better? 





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.  

Porcelain's white

and stoneware's minerals

show so well.  

Contrasting simple,

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

GAS FIRED, CONE 10

  Joan Libby Hawk,  Studio Potter  

Interpreting Clay, Color & Form