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Candone Wharton: Queen of Raku!

Candone Wharton:  Queen of Raku!
Basketweave Pattern Platter by Candone Wharton

Basketweave Pattern Platter by Candone Wharton Source

Several weeks ago, I was privileged to attend a workshop held by the Ceramic Arts Queensland featuring Candone Wharton.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Brisbane Institute of Art

I arrived at Brisbane Arts Institute to join a group of artists from all over the country – Brisbane, Noosa, Darwin, Maleny, Gold Coast and others.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Slide Show by Candone Wharton

Candone is an American raku artist and had just been in Ubud, Bali, doing workshops there.

Candone states on her website:  “My education is American, the firing technique is Japanese, the glaze influences are from Morocco, and the forms are inspired by ancient architecture and vessels.”

Her unique way of building vessels, especially the basketweave pattern, and her lovely glazes have made her quite famous as a ceramic artist.

Her generosity in sharing her techiques was amazing and we learned so much.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Candone Wharton discussing her trademark BasketWeave Bowls.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Candone demonstrated her techniques for making her coiled vessels.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Forming the base of her baskets.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

The base and coils.

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Raku’d box by Candone Wharton

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Small Raku’d Box by Candone Wharton

Raku, Candone Wharton,

Handbuilt Bowl by Candone Wharton

As part of the workshop, we all got to handbuild pots, which were then bisqued and then we raku’d them on the second day of the workshop – quite a treat!!!

Here’s my raku’d piece:

Raku, Candone Wharton,

My raku piece!

Here are some of Candone Wharton’s work – I have alot to aspire to!

Raku Boxes by Candone Wharton

Raku Boxes by Candone Wharton Source

Raku Box by Candone Wharton

Raku Box by Candone Wharton

Raku Platter by Candone Wharton

Raku Platter by Candone Wharton

Raku Bowl by Candone Wharton

Raku Bowl by Candone Wharton

Raku Box by Candone Wharton

Raku Box by Candone Wharton

Raku Vessell by Candone Wharton

Raku Vessel by Candone Wharton Source

 

Written by Marian Williams

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