For the Love of Glaze
Ceramic glaze is a complex blend of minerals and chemicals that interact with the clay and the heat of the kiln to produce a stunning array of colors, textures, and finishes. Understanding and investigating the chemistry of glaze materials is a big part of my work. Learning how different elements and compounds influence the outcome allows me to fine-tune my artistry and create pieces that feel truly unique.
The relationship between science and aesthetic outcome is something that has always fascinated me, and something that translates in my work.
Falling in love with ceramic glaze also taught me the art of patience and controlling my expectations. Glaze firing can be a waiting game, and the results are often unpredictable. Yet, there's something profoundly satisfying about opening the kiln to reveal the final, glazed piece. It's like unwrapping a long-awaited gift, and the element of surprise is one of the many things that make glazing so special.
Working with ceramic glaze has turned into a meditative practice for me. The act of dipping a piece into a glaze, the rhythmic brushing of the brush, or the careful layering of multiple glazes, allows and demands me to be fully present in the moment.
Working with ceramic glaze like I do also involves a lot of experimentation. I spend countless hours mixing and testing different glaze recipes, trying to achieve the perfect color or texture, and I always strive for including new glaze tests in every firing I do. It is about obeying traditions and rules by milligrams but also pushing the boundaries of what is possible. The freedom to explore and experiment is an unlimited source of inspiration in my work.