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Contemporary Art Gallery
Fredericksburg, Texas


Jason Snelson

Wood Fired Ceramic Vessels

Jason Snelson grew up in Alvin, Texas and graduated with a BFA in Ceramics in 1999 from University of North Texas.  He achieved his MFA and has taught beginning and intermediate ceramics and design classes at UNT.  He was introduced to wood firing as an undergraduate student and was attracted to the look of wood-fired ceramics and the amazing change and effects on the finished pieces.

"I love to be outdoors and around and in the ocean.  I use seashell and other oceanic imagery in my work because I love surfing and the things I experience in the ocean.  I feel privileged to be able to do things like cam and surf.  These things are just as spiritual to me as being able to make pots and other things that people can use and appreciate.  My work is about the celebration of the ceramic process and the look of the finished work."

About Wood Firing

Wood firing is one of most ancient ways to fire ceramics and the most exciting for me.  It is a labor intensive process which makes it that much more rewarding.

Flames and ash fly through the kiln after a rhythm of stoking has been established.  Ash is deposited on the pieces and melts toward the end of the firing, creating a natural glaze on them.  The atmosphere and flame pattern is recorded on the clay as well.

I feel I learn more about the ceramic process in general and the firing of kilns through wood firing my pieces.  The firing is the finishing touch and I feel closer to the work when I have spent the time to fire it.

Most of the firings I do are between sixteen and thirty three hours long.



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Jason Snelson, Alvin, Texas - Wood Fired Ceramic Vessels