Raku Aspen Leaf Plaque – Metallic

$24.00

Raku Aspen Leaf Plaque – Metallic

$24.00

Handmade Pottery by Maggie Quinn

  • Raku fired plaque enhanced with impressions of aspen leaves, glazed with metallic glazes.
  • Each plaque is unique due to the leaf placement and raku firing process.
  • 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches and approximately 1/4 inch thick
  • Ready to hang from the leather string
  • Handcrafted in Colorado Springs

The Story of Raku: A specific method of firing pottery that can be traced back to 16th century Japan: “Raku” was the seal awarded to the pottery Jokei by the emperor Hydeyashi.  An approximate translation means joy, contentment, pleasure & “the best in all the world.”  the glowing red hot pottery is pulled directly from the kiln & placed in a variety of combustable materials that immediately burst into flame creating the glaze colorants^ variation.  Each pieces is unique.

7 in stock

Colorado Springs has been home to Maggie Quinn for her entire life. California College of Art, CU Boulder, and Colorado Mountain College provided the educational foundation for her study of the arts. Classical drawing and painting, jewelry design, photography, and pottery were major courses of study. Travels and field expedition study with top ceramicists from around the globe have added a sense of current influence to her work today. Porcelain and wood-fire are continual media and process that she brings to her gallery. The camaraderie and risk that comes from firing clay to temperatures of 2,300°F or more, in a hand fed wood burning kiln, has embedded the lifestyle of the potter into her being. Forms in nature serve as a muse, all media the platform, while ceramics remain the passion of her creation. Original hand drawn sepia ink images are often subject matter for her ceramic canvasses.  In the execution of her the pieces, Maggie brings to the audience humor and wonder with a bit of satire. She is the 2015 winner of The Gazette’s readers’ picks “Best Artist”. Holding ceramic media as the main venue for her artistic story she blends form and subject matter into functional pieces that tell a story inspired by seen and unseen presences.