CARL GRAY WITKOP
Ladonia, Texas - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Carl Gray Witkop; Vase, 2004, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 6 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241 handbuilt burnished earthenware vessel. No glaze. I fired this as I fire all my work in a way resembling raku, Smoke marks are left from contact with flowers and leaves during firing....
Carl Gray Witkop
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2004
6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)
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Carl Gray Witkop; Octopus Vessel  II, 2002, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 13 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Handbuilt burnished sculpture- vessel. The body of the vessel I burnished with a stone. I used the palm of my hand and my fingers to burnish the octopus. The vessel surface area that is enclosed by the tentacles is not burnished, so there are three textures in ...
Carl Gray Witkop
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2002
13 x 12 inches (33.0 x 30.5 cm)
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Carl Gray Witkop; Sinagua Dawn, 2001, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 10 x 9 inches. Artwork description: 241 Burnished handbuilt pot with incised band, . This piece was fired with coffee grounds and peat, with cow tail, wolf, and human hair, grass, and milkweed seed pods....
Carl Gray Witkop
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2001
10 x 9 inches (25.4 x 22.9 cm)
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Carl Gray Witkop; Tonantzin Vessel, 2001, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 12 x 15 inches. Artwork description: 241 Handbuilt burnished vase fired with corn silk, horse tail, human hair, coffee, and peat....
Carl Gray Witkop
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2001
12 x 15 inches (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
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Artist Statement

Beauty created by natural forces is sublime, sometimes so intense, sometimes hidden. I allow fire to finish my pots to include natural beauty in my creations. I handbuild pots by the coil method then burnish them with a smooth stone. There is no glaze. Other than some color in the clay slips, all the color results from the firing. I remove the pots red hot from the kiln, then finish the firing in a pit. The hot pots contact various fuels such as sawdust, hair, flowers, or weeds, which leave smoke stains and areas which are reduced or oxidized. ...