Nancy Zarbock

Momentum, raku. 2006

I am amazed by the level of influence that my 30 years experience as an antique dealer, has had on my clay creations. From 17th century red ware, to 21st century porcelain, the struggle between form vs. function is constant. The value that each potter brings to the process, is in their own interpretation.

I make contemporary pots which have power, presence and purpose. I form pots and manipulate the clay as it dries and changes character by faceting, paddling, texturing and carving. I use stains and a few glazes - saturated copper, iron, cobalt and silver. The pots are fired in a large kiln, maintaining a neutral to reduction atmosphere. The vessel reaches 1850 degrees and placed in a container of combustibles, where further reduction is achieved. Results are high in luster and metallic.

Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese firing process, the pot is removed from the hot kiln and put directly into water or allowed to cool in the open air. Raku is considered the traditional method for creating bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony. The term raku is derived from the Kanji character meaning "enjoyment" or "ease".

Nancy Zarbock
Art & Antiques

Contact information: nzarbock@gmail.com

 

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