Ceramic High-Fire Pottery

What I Love in Ceramics

Since moving to Sedona, Arizona, my ceramic work is ever evolving.  What I made a year ago is probably substantially different that what I may be making currently.  This variety and growth make it a challenge to present a good representational gallery of my work.  This page addresses both high fire (cone 8-12) and medium fire (cone 5-6) ceramic work.

I love trying new things and combining techniques.  Sometimes I like to be structured and linear in my art whereas sometimes I love to be more fluid and unpredictable.  Whimsy and the unexpected are qualities I enjoy in my work.  Often my palette is as varied as the forms I explore.  

What I Do in Ceramics

Pitcher Imperfect is a high_fire piece by Luke Metz in Sedona, Arizona
Pitcher Imperfect

I produce both decorative and functional high-fire pottery.  Sometimes a piece can be both.  Sometimes an apparent functional piece is more intended for decoration. The hefty 12-inch pitcher, “Pitcher Imperfect”, is a good example of this.

I have made dinnerware sets, but I quickly tire of making the same piece over and over.  I much prefer to make a dozen mugs and make each one distinctly different.   Taking this approach encourages me to reach out of the box – often resulting in exciting discoveries.  I find it interesting the endless possibilities that arise in a simple form such as a mug or tea bowl.  What I learn in these explorations is naturally transferred to other forms that I make.

Shino Dinnerware Set Conical Shino is a high_fire set by Luke Metz in Sedona, Arizona
Shino Dinnerware Set

I enjoy making altered ceramic forms and cutting up forms and joining them in new ways.  Most of my work is done initially on the wheel.   Having done stone sculpture, I enjoy bringing sculptural qualities to wheel-thrown pottery.  Throwing sectional pieces (multiple wheel-thrown pieces are joined and the joined pieces can then be worked on the wheel) is another passion of mine.

I seek to bring a high-level of craftsmanship to my ceramic art.   My continued exploration of simple and altered forms such as mugs results in continuing refinement and craftsmanship of the final product.

Ceramic Glazing

I have not talked much about glazes.   If I have access to cone 10 reduction firing, I am particularly enamored of Shino and Shino combinations.  The transparency of Shino lends itself to slip decorating – this is an area that I am continually seeking improvement.  My explorations with cone 5-6 oxidation firing have mainly been with layering glazes.   I love working with reds and oranges reminiscent of Sedona, Arizona.  With saggar, pit-fire, and raku I use a different palette – please see the related pages on this website.

Ceramic Art by Luke Metz