“I work in raku and ‘naked raku’ as I feel the finished pots exhibit the ‘elemental’ process of their transformation from earth to ceramic and find this type of firing imparts a ‘sense of life’ within a piece.”
Eric works principally in raku where clay takes a spectacular elemental journey through fire, air and water to become ceramic. Random crackle glazes dress tightly controlled, thrown forms. Decoration, where applied, is simple and geometric using tape or pre-cut paper shape “resists” counterpointing the crackle, which is the “signature” of raku.
Eric also uses the “naked raku” process where the bisqued pots have a layer of raw slip and sacrificial glaze applied, which is removed after the “smoking phase” of cooling the red hot pots to reveal the carbon patterning which has impregnated the pot body.