Michael Hermann

Clay, Pottery, Wood

"The ancient practice of firing potter in an open fire or steel barrel fascinates me. A propane fired raku kiln is another tool I use to create works of art to decorate your homes.
When I remove a hot pot form the raku kiln and touch horsehair to it random carbon impressions are created on the surface. Enhanced with ferric chloride I get a range of colours, from yellow to a deep orange. Blues and purples, enhanced with browns form steel wool, or black lines from horsehair are a part of my random surface treatments. This spontaneous process inspires me to create each new piece.
I strive to create sculptural forms to show off the surface decorations, in addition to spheres, eggs and heart. From my electric kiln I create cups, bowls and other functional tableware for personal use or as gifts."