Title: Kirinuki Tokkuri
Size: 9″h x 4″d
Light and Shadow: The travel of the flames and ashes within the wood firing leaves telling traces along its’ path. The clay forms’ leading edges, bearing the brunt of the flame’s draft contrast with the leeward shadows, resulting in a random drama of transmuted surfaces and colors.
Statement: Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.
Michael’ work is in public and private collections around the globe.
More about my work: www.claystudiotour.com/michael-ray-thornton/