POTTERS OF THE NORTH
A Tradition in Wood Fired Pottery
Virtual exhibition on view starting November 20, 2020
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Beautiful and earthy, the tradition of wood fired pottery lives on in the Northwoods of the Midwest through the Potters of the North; a group of artists dedicated in the ancient art of Japanese wood firing. Sometimes rough looking, always handcrafted, view artworks with a deep connection to history and terra firma.
Featuring the works of David Caradori and Daniel Ingersoll.
ARTIST STATEMENTS AND BIOS
Statements and biographies are written by the individual artists and are published with their permission. The views expressed are their own. All artwork pricing is set by the artist and is non-negotiable and non-refundable. All artwork sales are by commission with Pablo Center at the Confluence. Your purchase supports our endeavors to present quality visual arts programming that is free and open to the public. Thank you.
Image 2 | Pots are stacked into the kiln on a series of kiln shelves and posts. It takes about two days to fill the kiln.
Image 3 | Each time the kiln is fired, the door of the kiln is “bricked up.”
Image 4 | A large amount of wood is prepared for each firing. Much of the wood comes from dead wood on Dave’s 12 acre woodlot. The whole wood firing process is very labor intensive.
Image 5 | During the 24 hours firing wood is fed into the fire box- towards the end of the firing this takes place every 10 minutes. Throughout the firing the kiln is monitored and wood is fed into it. Temperatures in the kiln will reach 2300 degrees.
Image 6 | After a firing is complete, the kiln takes 3 days to cool down enough to remove the pots. Brick by brick the door is removed to reveal the pots.
Image 7 | The pots are unloaded and placed around the kiln.
Image 8 | Every now and then the loading process is paused to appreciate the beauty of a wood fired piece. The atmosphere in a wood firing is filled with fly ash from the pots. This ash sticks to the pots and eventually melts to form a glassy surface. The ash mixes with glazes that have been applied to the pots leaving every pot in the kiln, painted with fire and ash.
David Caradori studied pottery with master potters Kingo Jiro and Masakasa Kusekabi in Japan. He taught many workshops in the US and Japan and is the owner of Caradori Pottery since 1986. David has shown work in galleries and museums in the US and Japan.
Dan Ingersoll spent 30 years in Eau Claire classrooms teaching students the skills that would enable them to explore the infinite possibilities for expression through art. Seventeen of his thirty years was spent teaching ceramics and sculpture at Memorial High School. Throughout his time in Eau Claire, Dan has partnered with David Caradori to Fire David’s wood kiln located on his property 15 miles north of Eau Claire. Dan furthered his ceramic skills through his association with David as well as taking workshops with Randy Johnston, Jan Mckeachie Johnston, and Mike Weber. Dan’s work has been shown regionally and nationally through his inclusion in the “Strictly Functional National” pottery show in Pennsylvania. In retirement from teaching, Dan has enjoyed writing articles for Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly publication.
All artwork pricing is set by the artists and is non-negotiable and non-refundable. All artwork sales are by commission with Pablo Center at the Confluence. Your purchase supports our endeavors to present quality visual art programming that is free and open to the public.