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Chris Fackler-Lowery

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Regular Membership
First name
Chris
Last name
Fackler-Lowery
Profile Picture
City
Camas
State
WA
Website
Loweryceramics.com
 

Art Work Description

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Firing Methods
  • Electric
  • Low-Fire
  • Smoke/Pit
Types of Clay Used
  • Porcelain
Forming Methods and Techniques
  • Pinched
  • Paddled
  • Hand Built
  • Coil
  • Carved
Finishing Methods and Techniques
  • Raw
Forms Types
  • Vessel
  • Organic
  • Figurative
Artwork Description
  • Non-Functional
  • Sculpture
  • Vessel
  • Organic
  • Modern
  • Earthy
  • Simple
Artist Statement
Fire creates personality…
For Chris Fackler-Lowery “fire” is the tool used to amplify the sculpted images of nature that she creates on each piece of her ceramic art work.
Smudges of smoke, streaks of carbon, and the rising heat of fire, together, form a storm of elements forcing pattern and color onto the surface; giving each piece its own personality.
She works with mostly porcelain clay because of its brightness and ability to provide stark contrast to the dark mood that the smoke can create on the surface.
Chris works from her studio in the hiss above Camas, WA. Growing up surrounded by the beautiful wooded landscapes; the Pacific Northwest has influenced her organic style. Each piece is hand built and sculpted with her portrayal of nature. She then barrel-fires each piece allowing the fire to finish her work.

“I am always astonished to see how the fire has touched my work. When the placement of slip resists and clay masks direct the smoke and fire just as I have planned, I consider that to be a good piece. But, at times the smoke and fire undirected by me, make the perfect color or pattern combination, creating a master piece.”
“I want others to feel the organic properties of clay and to see that you can use smoke and fire to echo nature’s soft beauty on a clay form. People that “feel” my work for the first time are surprised that the clay can be so warm and alive to the touch.”
Biography
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chris loves that her ceramic studio is on 20 acres in the foothills of the Cascades. This location provides wood for her barrel firings and is a continual source of inspiration from which she draws.

Recognizing that art can bring spirit to one’s surroundings, Chris used her talent to create décor for her home. She got involved in clay when her father in law gave all his ceramic tools to her family. It wasn’t long before she was hand building her first vessel and adding her decorative style to each piece. Her family and friends soon began encouraging her to show the work she created for her home in exhibitions. In 2008’ she began in earnest working in clay honing her skills through experimentation and observing other artists methods of building techniques.

Although new to the art community she has received numerous awards from local art shows and galleries. Chris has accepted her first invitation for a semi private art show in December of 2017.

Chris is continually working on the firing process developing different techniques for the use of slips and resists, changing how smoke and fire affect the surface of each piece.

Currently she is incorporating the human form as part of nature, exploring how each is an element of the other.

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