Shawn Ireland Pottery
I make pots with food, flowers and candles in mind. I choose to make these pots with a foundation in folk tradition. For me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.
The clay I mix by hand is a blend of ingredients from North Carolina and Georgia. Twenty five percent of the body is local red earthenware. The nontoxic glazes, which melt at 2300 degrees, are composed primarily of these local ingredients: feldspar, silica, red clay, kaolin and ash from my woodstove. Other more processed materials are mixed with these.
The pots are fired in a two chambered kiln fueled with wood which is salvaged from burn piles at a nearby sawmill. The combination of wood flame and ash, which melts into the clay and glaze, can produce colors and surfaces reminiscent of objects found in nature. Like these objects, wood fired pots can look similar to each other but never identical. This unpredictability and variation makes every kiln load a new opportunity to explore.
1990-1995 Attended 25 pottery and painting workshops at Penland School of Crafts. 1993-1995 lived at Penland as part of the CORE STUDENT work exchange program.
In 1991, after a two month workshop with Will Ruggles & Douglass Rankin, I fell in love with clay and fire and was determined to be a wood fire potter.
1996-1999 RESIDENT ARTIST at Penland School of Crafts.
Established Shawn Ireland Pottery in 1997.
Participated in numerous national exhibitions & Craft Shows since 1994- including Mint Museum Potters Market and Smithsonian Craft Show.
VISITING ARTIST INTERNSHIP: University of Georgia, Athens.
STUDIO COORDINATOR: University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy. 2012 & 2013.
EVENTS for 2013:
feb 22- mar 10. AKAR GALLERY SOLO SHOW: NEW WORK
Hello pottery friends. This spring & summer i will again be working abroad. I am currently the Studio Coordinator for University of GA in Cortona, Italy. There will still be pots available in my studio showroom & at the following galleries. See you again in the Fall!
AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA
American Folk. Asheville,NC
Crimson Laurel Gallery. Bakersville,NC
Shawn Ireland Pottery
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