FAQs

  • Do you do custom work?
  • Short answer is no. Because of the nature of the wood firing process it is very difficult to achieve consistent results. However if there is something you have seen that we make or have made that is not in the gallery section feel free to contact us. If it is something we make or will make then we can add you to our 'Wish List'.
  • Is wood firing Raku?
  • No it is not. North American Raku (true Raku is Japanese) is what most people are referring to is a low temperature quick firing technique where one heats up a piece in a small propane or electric kiln (you could even do this with a wood kiln but it does not impart any appreciable effect to the work) then at temperature pulls out the work and places it into a barrel of combustible material. This post firing technique is what gives Raku its 'atmospheric' look. The pot is porous, the glazes are quite often toxic and leach and any carbon (any nice smoky black colours) will fade if placed in direct sunlight for any length of time. Wood firing on the other hand is where the kiln is fired with wood to high temperatures and as the ash and the salts from the wood heat up it flies through the kiln and glazes the work. The work that comes out is vitrified and is functional, will not fade or leach and can be used like any other high temperature pot. Raku takes about 20 minutes to fire, with wood it takes any where from 24 hours to several days to complete. 
  • Can we come out to your Gallery?
  • Yes! We are usually here for we work where we live but if you want to make sure that we are home you can always e-mail us. During the summer months the best time is between 10AM and 5PM and during the winter months between 11AM and 4PM (during daylight hours!) But if for some reason you can't make it during those hours then you are still welcome to drop in, we always welcome visitors to our gallery.
  • Do you sell or are represented by other galleries?
  • Not usually. We know, not really an answer. We typically do not sell to galleries for oh so many reasons, that being said, it depends if the gallery meets our stipulations. So far only one gallery represents us in Jasper Alberta. Since we opened our own gallery in 2008 we have pulled out of the rest. Our philosophy is that 'without art there is no gallery'. Artists need to be treated better than they are! Oops, fell off my soap box there....hey look, there is clay down here! 
  • Do you teach?
  • Nope, too busy making a living by making pots. We used to teach wood-firing workshops but since 2008 we have just focused on our work. That being said if some one is willing to fly us out to some exotic local for a vacation...errr....I mean workshop then we would not say no or at least give it some serious thought.
  • Do you fire other peoples work or rent kiln space?
  • Is that even a question?.....ugh. No we do not. It is like asking some one to finish the painting that you have only half completed. You can form the clay and glaze it all you want but until it is wood fired, it is only half done. Besides, wood-firing is a hell of a lot of work. If we are going to fire it will be our work in the kiln. 
  • Can you fix my broken pot?
  • Yes a broken piece can be fixed, No we will not do it. It would be easier and cheaper to just by a new one, and we are more interested in using our time to make new work. If the piece is of sentimental then we suggest the old standard of using Krazy glue, however it will no longer function. If this was your favorite piece then we like to think that this is an opportunity to find a new favorite.