“Form and Line drive my making. Line accents the changes in direction of rims, feet and form. These lines are physical and engage the user, but also serve to break up the pot visually. Formally my work has volume, it speaks of generosity. My pots are minimal and are rooted in the traditional Minnesota pottery I grew up admiring, I want my work to be paired down to the essentials emphasizing the fundamentals of pots and be truly useful. Form communicates a pots gesture; it speaks of utility, my pots reference common shapes and engage ones imagination.” – Tom Jaszczak
This piece is made of red earthenware and fired in a soda kiln. Its surface is a result from both soda licking across its surface and the iron showing through the slip. Soda contains sodium and melts at these high temperatures; of 2050-2150 degrees to become like a vaporized glaze in the kiln. All my pots are sanded by hand to give a soft feel and make them more friendly to use. The interiors are lined with glaze and the clay is vitrified. They are safe to use, but I recommend handling with care, but encourage using them.
My pots are either made on the wheel or made over a mold. Each piece is unique, both in surface and form. I often trim off the wheel using a rasp and other tools to develop a subtle corner or edge to my work. Although some pots are trimmed on the wheel. My pots contain subtle information of each process, whether there are scrape marks, finger prints, drips, edges or other intended information of the making process.