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Biography

Inspired by their closeness to the sea, Mike Gillan and Erin McArthur's raku fired pottery is a colourful reminder of the beauty to be found in nature. They currently reside on the North Atlantic coast in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. The wild natural beauty, rugged coastline and the rich cultural life continue to be a source of inspiration for their work.  

The process of making raku style pottery begins with a ball of wet clay formed into a shape and dried. The resulting piece is fired to bisque in an electric kiln. When cooled, the piece is decorated with glaze and placed in a propane heated outdoor kiln. The piece is heated up once again to melt the glaze. When it is red-hot, it is moved from the kiln into a bucket lined with sawdust and leaves and covered to smother the flames and let the smoke and lack of air create the unusual finish. The process is called post fire reduction. After a short while, the piece is plunged into water, halting the reduction and holding whatever patterns have developed in the smoke and fire. When the piece is cool enough to handle, it is cleaned in warm soapy water, revealing beautiful and often surprising copper, aqua and white crackled surfaces. All items, from a mussel shell to a vase, are individually shaped and fired, making each one of a kind. Since each piece is individually crafted, there may be slight variations in shape and size. Raku pottery is decorative not intended for use with food or liquids.

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Contact Information

Contact: Mike Gillan or Erin McArthur
St. John's, NL

Phone: 709-754-4665
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info@northeasternfolkart.com
http://www.northeasternfolkart.com