I established Fox Mountain Pottery in 1986 and have been earning my livelihood with wood fired pottery ever since. My kiln is called an Anagama. It is half buried underground and measures forty feet long. It requires ten days of constant attending and 10-12 cords of split pine to complete one firing. The works from this kiln have a natural glaze, no glaze is applied. The color and texture is caused by the type of wood being used, atmospheric conditions in and outside the kiln, placement of the works, wood ash from the burning fuel melting into the clay, fire flashing the work and coals being deposited on the pots themselves. The blending of these variables results in an endless variety of effects.
You can say that my pots are offerings or prayers and the kiln the temple to manifest them. My goal and ideal is to make objects that have a transcending quality that possibly can inspire another human being, bring a little joy or add a positive presence to one’s home. I look forward to meeting everyone in this natural setting where I live and work and wish you all a wonderful experience in taking in the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour.