Posted on February 11, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments
We are really pleased to welcome a superb new pottery artist, Sarah Leckie lives on beautiful Vancouver Island, B.C.
Sarah says that she is inspired by unusual forms and the versatility and playfulness of the medium of clay. She especially enjoys designing the surfaces of her pieces through impressing, carving and transferring designs. The technical and dynamic aspects of atmospheric firing and glazing techniques also inspires her work.
This unique mug is hand made by Sarah and uses distinctive red clay for the body. She then transfers her own black & white drawing onto the clay. Absolutely perfect for your first coffee of the day.
Sarah has a Bachelors of Anthropology from the University of Victoria and a Certificate of Ceramics from Kootenay School of the Arts. She is currently setting up a new studio in Metchosin while also studying glazes at North Island College and teaching clay classes in the Cowichan Valley.
Sarah draws her inspiration from the versatility and playfulness of the medium of clay. She especially enjoys designing the surfaces of her pieces through impressing, carving and transferring designs as shown by the red clay wine cup.
This beautiful jar is hand made by Sarah Leckie of Metchosin on beautiful Vancouver Island B.C. She uses a a distinctive salt fired technique for the body then carves the design into the clay. This makes for a very organic and unusual finish. Use for salt, sugar or preserves.
All her pieces are microwave and dishwasher proof.
A brief note on the process of Salt Firing!
Salt-firing: gives a crispness in colours and varying surface textures. Late in the gas firing, "burritoes" made of salt and baking soda and wood shavings are put into the kiln on a piece of angle iron. Once in the kiln, they volatize sending salt vapor moving with the gas flame among the pieces of pottery.
The resulting outside surfaces vary from side to side due to the direction of the flame with the salt vapor interacting with the pieces as the flame weaves through the kiln. Each piece is different and sparkles with a vitality that only the salt-firing process can produce.
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