Norman Bacon, the man, and his art are a mixture of spontaneity and control, perfection and imperfection. Each piece he has created is unique, an artistic expression bringing the material, fire, water, and air together. Norman started his a career in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late sixties. His work with the raku process began in 1979. A marriage of material and enchantment was reborn. The Raku process consists of rapid firing and cooling, which transform clay objects into natural works of art. The resulting piece has colors and textures that cannot be duplicated.