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High fire pottery by Luke Metz in Sedona, Arizona

Spring 2016

This pit fire piece by Luke Metz is named "Ancient Dancer"
Ancient Dancer – pit fire

It’s past time for my quarterly blog post. A little bit of everything has been the name of the game. In addition to cone 10 oxidation and reduction firing, I have done raku, pit fire, and soda fire.

The spring semester at Yavapai College with Tom Schumacher involved a lot of exploration and experimentation. I worked with doing some assemblages of thrown pieces, texturing, and briefly tried shellac resist. I have become very interested in tea pots and Japanese tea bowls – I think I will be playing with these for a quite a while.

"The Line Up" by Luke Metz is a raku piece
The Line Up – Raku

Using both stoneware and porcelain I created a diverse body of work. Trying some new glaze combinations yielded some unexpected results and some of them are exciting.


This porcelain chawan by Luke Metz is soda fired.
Porcelain Chawan – soda fire

I love the subtle patinas of pit fire pieces and it is always a surprise to see the final result.  “Ancient Dancer” (shown above) is multiple thrown pieces and slabs assembled into a work that is about 22 inches tall.

Stoneware kyusu by Luke Metz

My friend and teacher Don Fethkenher allowed me to share in a soda firing in his kiln. This is my second soda firing and I am starting to get a better feel for the technique – it is substantially different than the more traditional oxidation and reduction firings I have been doing. I feel like I am just scratching the surface and look forward to more opportunities to explore this exciting technique. Speaking of Don, I will be studying with him in June at Coconino Community College.

Also coming up shortly is a workshop with Patrick Shia Crabb.

Two new galleries (for me) are showing my work. Zen Mountain Gallery in the intriguing town of Jerome, Arizona (an old mining

Vase With Attitude - Cone 10 Reduction
Vase With Attitude – Cone 10 Reduction

town that hangs off the side of Mingus Mountain) has a very tasteful selection of wonderful art and I feel privileged to be part of this gallery. I have just set up at the Prescott Art Market along the outdoor walk/drive way. This is in an attractive mall in Prescott, Arizona and hopefully will have good traffic (this is a brand new location for the gallery). I am continuing to be part of the Village Gallery of Local Artists in the Village of Oak Creek (Sedona) – I also maintain their website.

Textured Covered Vessel by Luke Metz
Textured Covered Vessel

Much of what I have been doing lately is pushing me out of my box and comfort zone. This includes my ideas for marketing my work. My work this year is growing, shifting and I think getting better. I am excited with some of the results and have many ideas for new directions of play. Although I still appreciate classic forms, I am very interested in playing with more fluid shapes, with altering forms, and with assembling thrown pieces as well as playing with making some hand built functional pieces. I have doing much of my work in college studios so that I can do cone 10 firing and to have more interaction with other artists. I anticipate doing more work this summer in my studio.

Raku Copper Weave by Luke Metz and Wendy Bialek
Collaborative Piece

The collaborative piece I created with Wendy Bialek is complete.  I made the porcelain raku fired base and she did the copper wire weaving.

I am thrilled to report that the variety of things to explore in ceramics has kept me inspired and I still love this medium. On a personal note my wife, Sue, and I have been hiking regularly with friends.

My next update will probably be in August or September. If you are in the area please come visit one of my galleries or contact me to visit my studio. Hope to see you this summer.

Fall 2015

This fall has been extremely busy.  I have been in four different art shows.  In order to attend Coconino Community College in LM_1403b_TeaSetFlagstaff,  Arizona I have been driving about an hour each way.  The instructor, Don Fethkenher, has been an inspiration and I feel that my work is maturing under his tutelage.  I have completed a substantial body of cone 10 reduction pieces and am pleased with the results.  All of the photos of my ceramic art shown in this post are part of this body of work completed this fall in Flagstaff.
With all its beautiful switchbacks Oak Creek Canyon is a daunting drive in the winter (Flagstaff is at 7,200 feet in elevation).  Because of this I will forego attending Coconino Community College this spring and instead will attend Yavapai College in sunny Clarkdale, Arizona (elevation 3,500 feet).  Even though I consider myself a professional, I love learning and attending classes.  Also, I find my fellow students refreshing and inspiring.  I plan to return the Coconino Community College for the summer semester and am looking forward to the excellent quality of instruction that is LM_1425_Rakuprovided there.  I suspect that I may always be a student.

I still love doing raku firing and have included a photo a piece I made in Flagstaff and fired this December at my studio in Sedona.

I had not done much traveling for a while but this fall has been chock full of traveling adventures.  My wife and I took a long weekend to ride the Narrow Gauge Railroad from Silverton, Colorado.  On the way we stayed at the historic La Posada Inn in Winslow, Arizona (remember LM_1406_SidewaysBowlthe song?).  The Turquoise Room in the hotel serves some of the best food in northern Arizona.  Winslow, we will be back!

This fall I did an eight day retreat with Bentinho Massaro at the Mount Madona retreat center.  It was life changing!  My wife and I were also able to spend a weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Bentinho and snuck in a visit to the Turquoise Room on the drive back (one of the best and most fun.
Over Thanksgiving my wife and I visited La Jolla and loved every minute of it.  I have included a few photos from this trip.

Our cat, Roshi, has loved our departures.  Many different friends come by and play with him while we are gone.  He knows he is royalty and thinks he is in Heaven.  He is looking forward to our next adventure (and so are we).  We have no idea when or what this may be…

My son just got his three year coin this fall.  Congratulations son on your continued sobriety.  We are all very proud of you.

That’s about it for now.  Thank you for tuning in.  Happy Holidays!
Luke Metz

Spring and Summer 2015 – Porcelain

"Turquoise Splash"I have been working with porcelain and stoneware at high-fire reduction firing (cone 10).  There has been a lot of learning and a lot of experimentation.  I have been making sectional (multiple thrown pieces joined into one piece) pieces and playing with new glazes.  I have also started playing with raku firing porcelain (at the bottom of this post is a porcelain piece from a recent raku firing).  This is not a clay body that is friendly to raku but it does produce some interesting results.

I am currently making pieces for a soda firing and I am also making functional ware (mugs, bowls…) for the September show at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona.

Stoneware Floor Vase

Currently, I have a substantial inventory and am running a 20% discount on pieces purchased directly from the Pots By Luke studio.  It might be time for some early Christmas shopping.  Contact me for a no obligation viewing.

"Red Drip"

These are some larger pieces.  The top vase is about 19 inches tall, the platter is about 17 inches in diameter. the lower vase is about 22 inches tall and the bottle is about 13 inches tall.

Porcelain Raku by Luke Metz in Sedona, Arizona
Porcelain Raku

I have been in three shows during this period.  The Juried Sedona Arts Center Annual Member Show awarded one of my pieces third prize.  My studio in Sedona was included in the annual SVAC studio tour – about 35 studios participated with over 50 artists.  It rained and was cold the whole weekend of the studio tour, but we still had good attendance.  Two friends and I put together “The Three Amigos Ceramic Exhibition” which was for 4 weeks (from May to early June) at the Corner Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.

The featured piece shown at the top of this post is a reduction fired stoneware bowl.  It was fired to cone 10 and is 12.5 inches in diameter.

Bottom line is that it has been an exciting and busy time.


January 2015

I will be returning to class at Yavapai College where I can fire to Cone 10.  This supplements the raku firing I do at my studio.  I am working on some glazes and if I perfect them, I will include some of the high-fire work on this site.

Luke_Metz_Coffee_PotI have a piece of my art on display at the Small Works Exhibition at the Sedona Arts Center at 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

This month I am also designing and implementing this website.  I anticipate this activity to continue for a while.  And, of course, the maintenance of a website is an ongoing endeavor.

We had a big snow (for Sedona) that started on New Year’s Eve and continued into the new year.  I measured 9 inches of wet snow on our patio.  The photo shows a non-traditional view of Coffee Pot rock in Sedona.