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.

 

Julie Asbury

I was 8 years old when I first saw pottery being thrown on a kick wheel set up on a covered porch outside of a home in Guadalajara.  I wanted the little cup that was being made but did not get one.  That unsatiated desire has lessen over the years as I can make my own pottery, enough to fill the cupboards in the house as well as to sell at OPA Ceramic Showcase and in small local shows.  

My tableware is made of porcelain clay because it is the hardest, most durable clay. Each piece is layered with several glazes and fired to 2381F. My more rustic pit fired ware is made from a variety of clays, flash fired with wood, sealed with polyurethane and adorned with metals and natural stones.

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Image 1: High Fire Gas Reduction Kiln and Image 2-4: Rustic Pit Fired Ware