Opening July 12!
Gifts of the Saggar Fire is an exhibit by award-winning potter Irina Okula. Irina uses natural combustible materials in the firing process. The pots are made of earthenware clay and fired twice. Prior to the second firing, the work is broken into several pieces and the organic materials are placed in and around the individual pieces into separate saggars or containers, and fired in a gas kiln. The fire and natural materials dance upon the clay and leave exciting random marks. The patterns left by the process invoke the fiery chaos of nature, contrasted with the calm and serene patterns reminiscent of cloudy skyscapes and geologic formations. After firing in the saggar the pieces are glued back together.