Our Featured Artist for February will be Bill Wilkey from Helena, Montana. Bill’s work speaks of edges, angles, volume and contrast. All the work featured is wheel thrown and altered white stoneware, fired in a soda kiln. Soda firing is a process in which a Sodium Carbonate and Bicarbonate solution is injected into the kiln at the height of firing, approximately 2400 degrees F. The sodium vapor moves through the kiln and reacts with the silica in the clay and slips, resulting in a sodium-silicate, or glaze. The effect is striking, often producing dramatic and subtle flashing on the same piece.
Wilkey was chosen as one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artist of 2014, and his work was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s Nov/Dec issue. Bill is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.
These pots are made with the human hand in mind, and we hope one finds a home with you today.