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David Gordon

Gordon Pottery

" The Horsehair Raku process holds a great deal of fascination for me. The results are immediate, unpredictable, and endlessly variable. Although I can never repeat a pattern that I like, I am constantly surprised by the beauty that can come out of this randomness."

For the past 20 years, David Gordon has continued a love affair with the potter's wheel. The infinite possibilities inherent in forming a spinning lump of clay into something of beauty has a persistent ability to transfix the attention on creative paths. The actual direction these paths take depend on craftsmanship and spontaneity--both expressed through the making of horsehair pottery.

Making horsehair pottery involves removing each bisqued piece from the kiln at approximately 1025 degrees and immediately applying horsehair, sugar, and feathers before the piece cools, leaving random carbon trails. Then the piece is sprayed with an iron solution to give it its "rust red" color and waxed to a satin sheen.

Training in both basic and advanced pottery processes was completed at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, TX. Over the years, workshops with masters in specific techniques have rounded out David's preparation. Refinements in the horsehair raku process have been largely self-taught over the past 15 years. David Gordon currently has a studio in the mountains of southern New Mexico.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Retailers Expo, Orlando, FL, Convention Center, 2011, 2012