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.”