I’m really excited to write this post about a local artist in my hometown! I was really inspired by all of his work, as you’ll see 😉.
This past Sunday my mother and I went to a gathering that we bought tickets for during the heart of art event, back in May. Dal Shoesmith, the artist, showed everyone who attended the ceramic process of Raku.
The Raku party was hosted at the artist and his wife’s charming home. Everywhere you looked you would find art.
From the beautiful gardens.
To the pottery that seemed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
The variety of his work really made me feel better about my own variety of art. That its okay to do something different with your medium of choice ❤.
I think I was also inspired by his connection with nature and how his work flows with the wind, birds and greenery.
I found this piece in his workshop and felt like nature was curious about his art and process as well 😉😊.
Okay after gushing about his museum like home 😊 back to the special event! Raku!
The piece I went home with was the one on the left ❤.
He showed us how he takes a raku piece that’s been in a hot kiln and places it in a trash can filled with combustible materials, like shredded paper. After a while, he takes the piece out and sprays it with water, then dowses it when it cools down a bit.
One cool thing I learned was that during the kiln to trash can process, the longer a piece is exposed to the air it will quickly start to oxidize and turn more green. So its important to move fast unless that is what you want on the pottery.
To learn more about Raku, I found this interesting link.
Just a Bit More
I’d like to end this post with a few more of the other wonderful work that Dal is known for around town, his gnomes.
I just love their faces and attention to detail! 💞 Here’s one last piece that bid us farewell as we left this fun experience…
I am soo grateful that my mother bought tickets for this event. I got so much more out of it than I ever imagined! That and I ran into my awesome 5th grade art teacher again 😊 too!
I look forward to his future showings and for chances to meet other local artists! Till then, see you next week for another guest post about local artist Emma Nightingale. ❤