Kathy Watts's Profile
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KATHY WATTS - COMING HOME POTTERY
From my love of horses, and the creative process of making pottery along with my appreciation of Native American and Asian art, I found a way to combine these to create a specific type of pottery. I've entitled this series of work “East Meets West”.
I hand throw my work on a potter’s wheel, and later fire it in a raku kiln reaching temperatures near 1200 degrees. After pulling a piece from the kiln, I lay strands of horsehair on it that produces unique, and intricate carbon designs that are impossible to recreate, and permanently become a part of the piece. The horse’s mane gives a finer more delicate appearance on the pottery while the tail hair is a bit thicker and bolder.
On some of the pottery I created in the “East meets West” series, I carved an Asian symbol or symbols into the clay body which is done at an earlier stage of the creation process before the piece has been fired. I lightly burnish the clay body with a polished stone to make it extremely smooth and shiny. After the horsehair firing is complete, and the piece has cooled, the carved symbol or symbols I fill with ground turquoise. Other pieces in this series are adorned with abalone shells, beads, Asian coins, or braids of horsehair. When completed, each piece is sprayed with a polyurethane sealant that makes it water resistant. My horsehair pottery is a tribute to these magnificent and beautiful animals.
Thank you so much for viewing my work. Welcome are your inquires. God Bless. Kathy Watts
Kathy moved to Grand Junction Colorado in 1997, and has taken several pottery classes at Colorado Mesa University along with other fine art classes. Her work is displayed in a local downtown gallery, and she continues to have collectors of her work throughout the United States. Photos of her pieces have also contributed to the book "Best of America"-Pottery.
Grand Junction, CO