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ASHEVILLE MADE MAGAZINE | It’s A Trial By Fire — And That’s After The Kiln Does Its Work

Raku pottery is an ancient Japanese art form that requires a meticulous process. But the final step is pure chance, and for Steven Forbes-deSoule, that’s the joy. “It’s like being a kid at Christmas,” he says.

Pieces are rapidly heated in a small kiln to the optimal temperature of 1900-2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Then they’re removed and placed in a metal can with newspaper. “The paper catches fire immediately, and, after a few seconds, a lid is placed on the can extinguishing the flames and creating an oxygen-starved environment,” the potter explains. This method produces a variety of effects on the piece, and it’s never the same look twice.

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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | July 20-22, 2018

 
Raku Pottery at the Southern Highlands Craft Fair
 

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

71th A N N I V E R S A R Y   |  J U L Y   20 – 22  &  O C T O B E R   19 – 21,  2018

Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm + Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

MORE INFO: https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/shops-and-fairs/craft-fair-of-the-southern-highlands/

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Raku Pottery Workshop | Cowee Pottery School June 16, 2018

Raku Workshop at Cowee Pottery School in Franklin, NC

June 16, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | COST: $50

REGISTER AT: https://www.coweepotteryschool.org/simpl-e-schedule

Learn raku glazing strategies with award winning Steven Forbes-deSoule Students interested in this workshop will need one or two bisque pieces to raku glaze. If you are not a student currently with the Cowee Pottery School you can buy a piece to glaze for the class ($10-15.00 pieces are available)

Create with Clay

Cowee Pottery School is a nonprofit organization located in the historic Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center in the mountains of beautiful Franklin, North Carolina. We are run by a group of dedicated volunteers who specialize in teaching people of all ages the enriching art of pottery.

We offer affordable month long classes, perfect for the beginner or the pro. To see our current class list, click the button below. We keep the pottery studio open frequently throughout the week. Anyone enrolled in one of our classes can join us to practice and perfect their pottery skills during open studio at no extra charge. Day and times of open studio are listed. 

OUR CLASSES

Cowee Pottery School is here to serve those who have always wanted to get their hands muddy and create pottery, to play in clay. Which is why we're excited to host a range of pottery classes for the community. Difficulty level ranges from introductory to experienced, however most all classes will have a beginner aspect to them. And of course, all classes cater to the curious.

Raku Glaze, Press & News

May Glaze : Forbes Sassy Fat White

With Silver Nitrate added I call this glaze Silver Slither, which is pictured.  This glaze has to be fired hot to about 1950F for the platelets to form beads.  it looks different on top of a variety of base glazes as you can see from the photos.  Works best on shoulder of pieces or on a more horizontal surface.  Mix on the thick side.  I usually apply a very small amount at a time by either pouring or brushing.  When I pour it, I often will blow on it to move it around.

Raku Pottery Glaze Recipe

Frit 3110                        85%
Nepheline Syenite            5
EPK                              10
Add:
Tin Oxide                        7
Magnesium Carbonate    34
Hectorite                         2  or Bentonite    1
Optional:  Silver Nitrate    2

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CLAY FEST | June 9th, 2018 at the Folk Art Center

Raku Pottery Firing at the Folk Art Center

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | FREE EVENT

https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event/clay-fest/

For six hours on Saturday, June 9, the hill behind the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be filled with twenty potters selling ceramic wares for both décor and function. Clay Fest is an annual Southern Highland Craft Guild event that celebrates the varied craft processes and techniques used with clay. The Guild’s makers are continuing the new elements of a festival to enhance the twenty-plus-year-old event. Alongside the Guild’s potters will be a handful of invited guest potters from across the country.

Raku potters Judi Harwood, Steven Forbes-deSoule and John Turner will be assisting attendees wanting to make their own raku pot. This ceramic firing process uses flames and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Pots will be available for purchase for $10 and participants can glaze and then watch it be fired.

Organizer

Southern Highland Craft Guild

Email: info@www.southernhighlandguild.org

Website: https://www.southernhighlandguild.org

Details

Date: June 9

Time:10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost:Free

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/158853188042285/

Press & News

April Glaze : Lime Green Crackle

Lime Green Crackle glaze is fired to 1900 degrees F, pulled from the kiln and reduced in a small can with newspaper.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Frit 3110                  58%
Frit 3269                  10
Nepheline Syenite:   22
EPK (Kaolin)             5
Silica                        5
Add:
Chrome Oxide          .4 (point 4)
Tin Oxide                  3
Hectorite                   2  or Bentonite  1%

This month's glaze is a revision of my March Glaze called Lime Green Crackle. Stay tuned for a silver glaze recipe next month!

This glaze is fired to 1900 degrees F, pulled from the kiln and reduced in a small can with newspaper.  Lid is put on immediately. Wait about 2 1/2 minutes and remove the lid.  Rub the top of pot with torn newspaper using gloves.  Once paper ignites cover can again immediately and let cool (you may have to use a torch to reignite the paper).  

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Weaverville Art Safari | April 28-29, 10 – 5pm

The Weaverville Art Safari is coming up!  Please join me at my home studio on the weekend of April 28 and 29 from 10am - 5pm both days.   I will have some new raku pottery for sale and will give some demonstrations.  My studio address is: 

143 David Biddle Trail
Weaverville, NC 28787

To learn more about the pre-party and the Weaverville Art Safari please see their website at:

https://www.weavervilleartsafari.com/

See you there!

Raku Glaze, Press & News

March Glaze: Forbes Lime Green

As shown fired to 2000F with pyrometer so the silver glaze will melt.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Frit 3110                     54%
Nepheline Syenite    21%
EPK (Kaolin)               10%
Silica                           10%
Lithium Carbonate     5%
Add:
Chrome                       .4% (that's point 4)
Tin                               3%
Hectorite                     2%  (or 1 Bentonite dry mixed)

A note about Hectorite:  It's a suspender in powder form similar to Bentonite except it doesn't have to be dry mixed with the other chemicals.  It's not a common raku pottery glaze chemical and you may have to search for it on the web. I purchased mine at Highwater Clays, but they don't carry it anymore due to lack of demand (nobody knew what it was used for).

Pot of the Month | Enjoy 20% off!

Starting this February 13th, 2018 I will be adding a "Pot of the Month" every month. Enjoy 20% off as supplies last with coupon code: POTOFTHEMONTH at checkout.  If you sign up below you will receive information regarding a new raku pottery piece each month before it is uploaded to my website or posted on social media. 

FEBRUARY'S RAKU POT

(New) Meteorite Series #1
850.00
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Raku Glaze

February Glaze: Blue Moon

Glaze fired to 1900F.

RAKU POTTERY GLAZE RECIPE

Silica                             30%
Frit 3134                        20%
Nepheline Syenite        15%     
Lithium Carbonate.       15%
EPK Kaolin                     10%
Strontium Carbonate    10%
Tin Oxide                        7%
Copper Carbonate         4%
Bentonite                         1%

 

 

 

This is a stable blue and red glaze.  1/2% Epsom Salts can be substituted for Bentonite.  This glaze produces some incredible raku pottery and is one that I developed several years ago.  This picture is the results of the raku glaze fired to 1900F. It remains a staple in my studio.  See more of my work by visiting my raku pottery store.  To learn more about my process, visit my raku firing page.

New Events, Press & News

WEAVERVILLE ART SAFARI | NOVEMBER 4-5, 2017

Art Safari.jpg

From the Weaverville Art Safari's website

"The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville Area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artist’s work in their working environment, featuring artists who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more."

"Steven Forbes-deSoule is a veteran of all of the Weaverville Art Safari's. He has been a successful, studio artist for over 37 years and has been firing using the raku process exclusively for all of that time. His work has been featured in books and magazines, and his work is part of museum, corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. Visit his studio and home in beautiful Ox Creek Valley."

New Events, Press & News

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: 70th A N N I V E R S A R Y   July   21 – 23  & October   20 – 22, 2017

Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm + Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

Please note that our Fairs are moving from 4 days to 3 days, and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday.

New Commissioned Piece & Sunrise at Biltmore Lake

I just completed this beautiful commissioned piece for Carroll and Susie Heyward.  I'm installing it next week at their mountain home in Cataloochee, NC.  Title:  "Cataloochee Dawn"

  Cataloochee Dawn

Cataloochee Dawn

This other piece below was purchased yesterday at Ariel.  Terry Boyer wanted to buy one of my tile pieces for her husband, Dave, for Christmas.  Of course that made my day to say the least!  I hung it for them recently at their Biltmore Lake home.  Title:  "Sunrise at Biltmore Lake"  

 Sunrise at Biltmore Lake

Sunrise at Biltmore Lake

Press & News

Upcoming Shows in 2017!

Upcoming Events in 2017


February 18 - April 30, 2017

Upcoming solo show at the Joel Gallery at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC, I will also be teaching a workshop there June 26-30, 2017. 

January 24 - February 3, 2017
Exhibition at the at the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo, FL

February 9, 10 & 11
Workshop at the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo, FL

April 14 - May 20, 2017.
3 person show at the Wilkes art Center, in North Wilkesboro, NC. 

 

New Press, Press & News

Write up from Venice Clay Artists

"Gazing at the free form patterns and natural colours of a raku pottery finish is like looking at the colourful atmosphere of a mysterious world. Steven Forbes deSoule raku pieces are no exception and present exotic vistas that invite wonderful intrigue. He introduces more green and blue hues, in addition to the typical earthy reds and orange raku colours, in the reduction process to enhance the colour diversity. He uses the raku standard of a steel rubbish bin for a reduction chamber, which I always view as a fantastic irony, relative to the glorious outcomes from raku firing.
Steven Forbes deSoule has been a successful raku pottery artist for over 37 years, creating unique, hand made vessels and sculptures, while finding endless ways to manipulate the oxygen, gases and glazes during the raku reduction technique, to achieve a myriad of attractive outcomes. His intricate firing process and use of his own glazes and underglazes, with multiple firings, leads to ‘one of a kind pieces’ displaying beautiful enriched colours and textures. “The one constant with my work throughout the years has been transformation. I find it fun and challenging to try new things, and I especially enjoy developing new glazes. I started firing exclusively using the raku process in 1982 and found the element of serendipity and surprise to be invigorating.”"

http://www.veniceclayartists.com/steven-forbes-desoule-raku-with-lush-hues/