130 S. Sheldon Ave., Suite 110, Ames
Pit Fired and High Fired Porcelain
While some artists prefer to let their work transform as they go, others like Steve Aitchison, envision exactly what they want from the get-go and make it a reality.
Steve specializes in pit fired and high-fired porcelain pottery. His “Cloud Vessels” are formed on the potter’s wheel then fired in an outdoor kiln using several organic ingredients. Thanks to this natural process, the clay captures the flow of the fire, which produces unique surface effects.
Steve mixes all of his clay in house. Pit fired ceramics requires careful calculation and modification of the mixture’s formula for the best results in each series.
“I believe we create in response to the seasons of our lives. In my world every studio session is an adventure in creation. The imagery of the current work is crafted by fire. I find it has a confident and contemplative presence layered with subtle complexity.”
Be sure to check out Steve’s work and his outdoor kiln during the Ames Area Studio Tour Oct. 10 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Oct. 11 (noon – 4 p.m).