16th August - 8th September 2012
'Textures and distortions made to the surfaces of the pots, over layers of slips, create variations in translucency and influence the movement of the molten glazes. The dynamic runs, drips and pooling of glaze that occur make the pot seem like a moment in time - captured and frozen.
I am also investigating the effects of wood firings on porcelain and stoneware. I use a single hardwood for each firing. The ash deposits and flame paths create rich, varied surfaces, promoting crystallization on porcelain. Glazes absorb ash and are subtly altered; their increased fluidity imbues the pots with a sense of dynamism.'
Charles Bound was born in New York City. After graduating in 1962 with a degree in English he divided his time between the USA and Africa. He didn’t come to study ceramics until 1983, setting up a studio while working as a college technician and teaching. In 1994 he built wood fired kiln, which he has been working with since.
All pieces are fired in wood fired anagama kilns for three to five days, using the pyroplasticity, fly ash and flame flashing of the firing to accentuate the softness and movement of the forms.'