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Paul Zoldan

My clay work is functional for everyday use. With each kiln opening, I look forward to the result of my process of creating surfaces of porcelain clay slips and interesting glaze combinations. The majority of my work is formed on a foot-powered potters’ wheel, but I also hand build square plates and large platters or wall pieces with wheel formed bases. I decorate with thick porcelain slips brushed on or drizzled onto the freshly thrown clay. The raw dry clay is then brushed or sprayed with up to six glazes.

Each series of pots is unique, glazed similarly but never identical. The raw glazed pots are then single fired to maturity. I fire the pottery in gas, electric, or wood kilns, each process lends a unique quality to the finished vessel. Exciting fluid surface decoration is achieved as the multiple glazes melt and combine, forming rivulets down the slipped surface of the pot. I want my work to be enjoyed for its aesthetic beauty during everyday use; eating, drinking, food preparation and serving.