I apply an oxide rich slip to my pieces prior to firing.

When it dries slightly I use a technique called Sgraffito (Italian, literally, ‘scratched away’).

It is a labor intensive process.

I fire in an electric kiln to over 2200F.

I occasionally have access to a gas kiln. Those pieces are fired to over 2300F.

Inspiration for my designs come largely from the environment. e.g. where I have lived and/or visited.

The photos {below) of the Koi platter demonstrate the evolution of one of my designs. The color differences on the photos was due to the morning to evening lighting in the studio. It was 23” long before firing and 20” L x 9 1/2”W after the final firing.

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