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Artist Profile Steven Forbes-deSoule

Joined: April 1st, 2011

I received my Masters of Visual Arts degree in Ceramics from Georgia State University in 1980 and have been a professional studio artist ever since.  I moved my studio to our new home outside of Weaverville in 1992.   One constant with my work over the years has been transformation.  I find it fun and challenging to try new things, and I especially enjoy developing new glazes.   I started firing exclusively using the raku process in 1982 and found the element of serendipity and surprise to be invigorating.

Raku was first done in Japan about 500 years ago.  It was westernized in 1960 by a famous ceramist named Paul Soldner.  It’s a fast firing process where the work is removed from the hot kiln and placed in a metal container with combustibles.  Of course it immediately catches on fire and when the container is covered, the resulting oxygen starved atmosphere creates a wide variety of effects on the clay and glazes.  When the container is opened about 30 minutes later, it’s exciting like being a kid at Christmas because one never knows for sure what to expect.  If I’m not happy with the results, I fire the piece again. Consequently, some of the work is fired up to 4 or 5 times.

My work is part of private, corporate and museum collections.  If you’d like to discuss custom work, please contact me at 828-645-9065.