Stearns Ceramics Hometown Visit
I gave a quick workshop this weekend at the Prairie Arts Center, back in my hometown of North Platte. It’s always fun to share what I do with friends & family – this time I was closely supervised by my niece.
There was a very nice write-up in the local newspaper in advance of my visit. You can read it here.
Diamonds in diamonds in clay
Diamonds in diamonds in clay describes most of the raku fired artwork by Eric Stearns. It all begins when he starts to pierce the clay. Each damp piece is mapped out into a grid and then four cuts from a sharp knife reveal the outline of each diamond shape. After all of the cuts have been made, the clay is allowed to slowly dry. Only then do the cut-out diamond shapes get removed.
Wheel Thrown Vase
Eric Stearns begins each piece on the potter’s wheel. This wheel thrown vase is a good example of a form that works well with Stearns’ pierced and glazed decorative elements. Many of the tools he uses while throwing are visible on the tabletop of the wheel in front of the vase.