Art Pottery Copper Raku Vessel NB549 by Norman Bacon
Norman Bacon created this raku vessel NB549.
- Handmade in the USA
- Artist's Personal Collection
- One-of-a-kind art pottery
- Material: EarthenwareSlip-cast from original wheel-thrown model
- Incised wavy lines
- Glaze: Metallic copper-flash
Matte and metallic copper-beaded texture
- Raku: Gas-fired
Post-fired in a reduction kiln with woodshaving
- Colors: Earth-Tones, Golds, Browns, Orange-Reds, Matte-Black
- Size: 6.5"H x 4.5"W
- Date: Approximately 1995-1999
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About Norman Bacon Artist-Potter
Norman Bacon's art is a mixture of spontaneity and control, perfection and imperfection. Each piece he has created is a unique and artistic expression, bringing the material, fire, water, and air together.
Norman started his 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 born. The Raku process consists of rapid firing and cooling, which transforms the object. The resulting piece has colors and textures that cannot be duplicated.
The origins of Raku can be traced back to the Japanese Tea Ceremony during the late 1500s. The process involves firing to approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, removing the piece from the kiln while very hot, and placing it into wood shavings or other combustible material. Then, closing the air supply down depletes the atmosphere of oxygen, filling it with gases and carbon. This is called a reduction. This process produces a matte black in the porous clay. When a controlled amount of oxygen is then allowed back in, the vessels with copper on the surface flash, producing a brilliant array of colors.
Using fire as his brush, "Painting With Fire", Mr. Bacon's skill and painstaking attention to detail transform elegant shapes into works of art.
Mr. Bacon's art pottery career came to an end in 2000 due to medical reasons. He has since moved on to a new career building out and managing our Sweetheart Gallery website. "Still, being very involved in representing and supporting fine American craft is very satisfying for me."
The works represented here come from his personal collection, which spans a thirty plus year career as an artist potter.