Earth, Glaze and Fire on Exhibit May 5 – June 10:  This exhibit offers a range of exciting examples in sculptural and functional clay work, focusing on different finishing methods, including electric and wood firing, oxidation, soda firing and how each of these methods yield a different result.  Exhibition artists, Ha Austin, Melanie Bjorge, Jean Teitelman and Jenny Watson bring their hand-crafted techniques working with clay, glaze and firing to this multifaceted show.  Open reception will be held on May 5th from 5pm-7pm. Contact pottersandfriends@gmail.com or visit http://www.artscouncillo.org for additional information.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance Submission

We submitted for the Clackamas County Arts Alliance Exhibit as a group of 5 artists:  

We are a group of potters that met while playing with clay giving us an opportunity to explore, learn and share our knowledge and passion of clay with each other and with anyone that finds us.  The age of our group spans the teen-age years through retirement allowing for a diverse prospective on the world around us and how this impacts our clay work.  As distinct as each artist’s style, visitors will have an opporutinty to see various surface decorative techniques as well as get an appreciation for the different firing methods available in the world of ceramics.  Stay tuned…….

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Lunch at Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery and Gifts

Jean, Jenny and Ha had lunch at Singer Hill Cafe located at 613 7th Street, Oregon City, OR. They were there to view Ha’s ceramics in the new gallery operated by the Three Rivers Artist Guild.  Hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 9am – 4pm (Closed Monday).  Please support local business and artists.

Ha Austin Ceramics will be available at this location from April 27 – June 27, 2015

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Dave Raynalds

1971-74:  BS Portland State University Earth Science           

1985- Present:  Woodworker, cabinet maker, fine arts frame                              1996-Present:  Amateur Astronomer                         

2010- Present:  Student in ceramics MAC

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My training in geology, my woodworking experience and the attention I’ve paid to the night sky as an amateur astronomer have all influenced my ceramics. As a geology student, I learned to appreciate natural forms and recognize incongruities in nature, very useful in my ceramics work.

My career as a woodworker —its construction order, use of tools and geometry—allows me to build special tools, jigs and molds for developing my ceramic pieces. When I start a new piece I start with basic shapes: cubes, spheres, crystal forms, geometric and asymmetrical shapes and “accidents.” These beginnings often remind me of a theme or story which I then investigate.

Recently painting with watercolor has influenced my use of slips and choice of platter forms that allow more room for painting on the clay. The limited palette of high fire glazes has encouraged me to find solutions to match the images I want to present.