Pottery and Wood
The potter’s wheel is my point of beginning. I strive for strong forms where lines are clearly straight or definitely curved. Rims are strong, lids fit, spouts pour well and handles are comfortable. I usually rework the pots before they dry to alter the shapes, add color and often make marks into the still soft surfaces. I do a 1900°F firing and then apply conventional glazes to the interiors and small areas of the outside to provide color accents. The pots then go into the gas fired kiln for a calm trip to 2100°F. The next 200° rise is transformative chaos! Salt is periodically thrown into the kiln and vaporizes. Fire and vapors swirl through the kiln and react with any bare clay to form a glaze with a texture like that of an orange peel. The vapors also dramatically alter the conventional glazes. The pots vary greatly from one location in the kiln to another and from load to load.
Roger became interested in Salt Glazing during the last two of his 11 semesters of pottery at the University of Texas at Austin. He refined the process during the next six years as a potter on Cape Cod. He thought he was finished with clay when he became a school teacher, then a goldsmith and finally 26 years doing technical development in the jewelry industry. However, he has returned to his roots, built a studio and kiln, and is happily making pots again.
I have worked with wood during much of my life. I’ve worked as a carpenter, renovated a couple of old houses and built furniture off and on. I have been offering wooden items at In-Town Gallery since 2014 when my work was accepted in addition to pottery. My main interests are lamps, jewelry boxes and clocks. I also make letter openers, mirrors and furniture and am always looking for other items. I especially enjoy sculptural surfaces and strive to keep my items from looking like they were made from boards.
Roger Harvey’s Work
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