Judy Blake Pottery :: Saggar Fired, Smoke Fired and Naked Raku Pottery
Years ago as a young artist, I saw my first burnished pottery of the Southwest Native Americans and Northern Mexico. I was completely captivated by the sensual beauty and surface qualities of the unglazed pieces and the unpredictable firing processes used to create these timeless vessels. Since that time, I have endeavored to emulate these fascinating surfaces.
My work is also inspired by my love of natural beauty - the graceful, undulating curve of an eggplant, the delicate fronds of a woodland fern or the exquisite beauty of a humble seed pod. With each clay vessel, I strive for a delicate balance between strength of form and sense of presence. Creating this kind of work brings great joy and satisfaction in the making of the pieces and the gathering of the combustible materials used in the firing processes. My work continues to evolve as I search for ways to enrich the surfaces of my vessels, creating forms that become canvases for 'painting with fire'. Each piece, with it's simple lines and generous curves, has been richly marked by smoke and flame.
It is my hope that each vessel fills the viewer with a sense of mystery and wonder, drawing them beyond the soft light of the clay's surface and into a landscape infused with exciting visual textures and subtle patterns of colour and earthiness, evoking a sense of tranquility and contemplative serenity.
Just a note to let you know about a recently published book, titled "Judy Blake", which is written by Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, owner of Canada's largest Ceramic Art gallery. The book describes the evolution of my ceramic birds as well as my trajectory from functional potter to ceramic artist to sculptor. Read More >