The Big Four of Potters and Friends will be hosting a pottery Open Studio and Sales on Tuesday November 18 & Wednesday November 19 this year. We are a few blocks from the PSU campus.
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…….
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
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
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.