My First Saggar Pottery Firing - Raku Kiln

This past weekend I was able to participate in a Saggar ceramic firing at Windstorm Studio. The saggar process speaks to my love of the unknown when it comes to art-making. Reminiscent of the surprises found in Holga photography, Saggar pottery is full of colorful wonderment.

 
Saggar Pottery Bisque Firing HollyDGray
 

A thin coating of Ferric Chloride on bisque ware… throw in some organic material, copper wire, steel wool and a heavy dose of salt and you’ve got the recipe. Wrap your ingredients in foil and fire away. The whole firing took around 20 minutes.

 
Saggar Firing Pottery HollyDGray
 

What I was left with was a combination of beautiful reds, pinks, greens and browns.

 
Saggar Pottery Hollydgray
 

All that was left to do was a quick wash and a light sanding. Beautiful. I can’t wait to try this process with my sculptural works. It’s SO satisfying. Many many thanks to Windstorm Studio for having me over!


Collective Vision - Fort Worth Art Collectives Join Forces

Last week the Fort Worth Weekly showcased the Collective Vision of Fort Worth’s art scene. I’m proud to be the newest member of the Fort Worth Art Collective, which is Fort Worth’s oldest art collective. This coming year we will celebrate ten years as a collective. Getting out into my community has been one of the biggest goals post-MFA, and for this omnivert, it’s been something that I need to work on. I’m excited to see the growth of all the art-related groups in Fort Worth. I’m thrilled that we are working together to create a grassroots movement in our hometown and I’m absolutely sure that doors will open throughout the city for artists, businesses and citizens to work together to make our community brighter and definitely more beautiful.

 
Fort Worth Weekly Collective Vision