Welcome to Zebra CeramicsEach piece of pottery is handmade using a variety of methods: wheel thrown, slab construction, coil method, or sculpted/carved from a solid piece of clay. The various firing methods add excitement to the finishes. The normal firing is done in an electric kiln using stoneware at mid-range, ~2185 degrees. Raku firing is a Japanese method of firing, using propane, and is very fast, Pieces are brought up to about 1700 degrees in a very short time, usually an hour , then some are placed directly into a reduction container with newspaper or sawdust, which ignites immediately. The lid is placed back onto the container and the process of the fire needing air to burn, it pulls the oxygen out of the glazes and clay, causing a chemical reaction to both the clay and glaze.
In addition to many college classes and workshops, I was originally encouraged by my uncle, John Snider, who convinced me to take my first class in pottery, as well as my mother, who was a talented watercolor artist. In addition, working with fellow clay artists has also allowed me to share ideas and techniques, expanding my creative thought processes. I acknowledge that God has blessed me with a talent that I may share with others in the process of making my work. I recognize His gift to me and most recently I have included the fish symbol along with my signature.