During firing the pots are showered in ash, resulting in a myriad of colors and textures. No two are alike.
John’s favorite pots come from the wood kiln. Wood ash from the fires and rhythmic fluctuation of oxygen content in the kiln combine to paint, or flash the surface of the pots in unpredictable patterns.
The selection of stoneware and porcelain pots are functional and intentionally simple. Honesty of form comes from combining restrained sensibility with harmonious detail. Many of the pots are impressed with clay stamps and roulettes. Textures are enhanced by translucent ash glazes.
An apprenticeship in central Japan gave direction for a lifetime of work. The clay in the workshop of Ogura Sensei was locally sourced and hand processed. In 1974, John began utilizing local earthenware and kaolin clay deposits near his home in Dunn County, Wisconsin.
All glazes are lead-free. The pottery is safe in the dishwasher. It does well in a conventional or microwave oven as long as the pots and the food are room temperature before putting them in the oven. With careful handling, this pottery will last for years.