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Ryan McKerley

Ryan McKerley has been a full-time studio potter since 1995. He makes contemporary functional stoneware and porcelain vessels, which are fired in a wood or soda kiln. “I have focused on producing functional vapor-glazed vessels for the past ten years. My forms consist of cups, bowls, plates, vases, jars and teapots. I see the surface of these straightforward objects as a blank canvas. The patterns are created by painting melted paraffin wax onto the surface of a bone-dry vessel. I then scrub the unwaxed areas with a very wet sponge. The exposed clay erodes away as it is scrubbed, leaving a smooth depression. Most of my time in the studio is now spent decorating the surface of these forms.”

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