Painting with Fire

The ceramic is removed at 1000° - horse hair and ferric chloride are immediately applied to enhance the surface of the clay while allowing the natural characteristics of the clay body to come forth. The iron in the ferric chloride is absorbed and produces warm colors from reds to yellow with black lines from the carbon in the horsehair. The body is used as a canvas for transparent oils with the carbon markings as a guide to visualize the subject matter.

“It has taken me many years to perfect this process. Probably the hardest part of this growth was to learn to let go of preconceived ideas and allow the subject to reveal itself to me. It’s like opening a surprise gift. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it".