Wayne Batchelder Pottery

Meaningful Experiences with Clay & Wood

 

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Photo by Sarah Hefner Photography

Photo by Sarah Hefner Photography

Photo by Sarah Hefner Photography

Photo by Sarah Hefner Photography

Photo by Sarah Hefner Photography

Varieties of Pottery

My pottery has evolved over the years and much of it is dispersed into the homes of customers and decorators. I have been primarily interested in making pottery that is useful – it is made for specific functions in the preparation of food as well as serving and distributing the food or drink. Some of my work is more sculptural and used mainly for household decor.

A few years ago I found a tree branch that fell in my front yard that was a perfect “U” shape which eventually was used as the handle of an iron red vase. That one piece began a new direction that involved discarded tree branches as a designed part of a lot of different types of pottery. While my wood handled mugs have been the most popular, other types of functional pottery were made with wood attachments.

Raku pottery was domimate in earlier periods of my pottery making. Raku is unique in its firing as an unusual process of removing red hot pieces of pottery from a gas kiln, and quickly placing each piece in air tight containers with burning paper, sawdust and other combustable materials. The metalic glazes with a wide variety of colors and the old look of white crackle pottery formed the bulk of my Raku work, and a lot of Raku is displayed in our home.