15 Aug Program: Clay, Fire and Smoke
with Colby Cramer
Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Ceramic artist, Colby Cramer, will present a program on his art and the alternative methods of firing. He enjoys experimenting with and using, embodying clay, smoke and fire; at the Redlands Art Association Gallery on Tuesday evening, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. Colby, a young man in his early 20’s, is very energetic and enthusiastic about making creative ceramic works. He is also an extremely talented and exceptionally fine potter. His pots are beautiful in form and skillfully crafted, for he is a disciplined technician.
Continually, he is exploring and experimenting with materials, glazes and firing techniques. With an inquisitive mind and zealous initiative, he has acquired knowledge and experience in the ceramic world that is beyond his years.
As a sophomore at Redlands High School, he took a ceramic class from artist/teacher, John Fisher, which aroused an enthusiasm that led to an industrious pursuit of ceramics. From that point there was no stopping. Obsessively, he worked at developing his skills and absorbing all the information he could on ceramics. At home, with the help of his Dad, he built Raku kilns and experimented with firings of his works. As a senior in high school, he was an accomplished potter, winning “best in show” with a very tall, blue glazed bottle. It was exquisite in form, with a delicate neck and flange. Since that time, he has won many more awards for his ceramics.
After graduation, Colby pursued his study of ceramics with noted ceramics instructor, Jim Stewart at S.B. Valley College. Today, he manages the Ceramic Studio in Perris Hills Park, S.B., and has many plans for its future. There he creates his clayworks, teaches classes and continues to experiment with alternative methods of firing. He has become quite an authority. During the program, he will be showing examples and sharing information on such methods as saggar, pit, barrel, Raku, fuming and low temperature salt firings. It should be an interesting and informative evening. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this upcoming artist!
The Tuesday evening program is free to RAA members and $3 to non-members