Pottery by Mike Brown & Alex Johnson at Eric Schindler Gallery

Show to feature an exhibition of new work/functional pottery.

The pottery exhibition by Brown and Johnson will run through May 7th.
The pottery exhibition by Brown and Johnson will run through May 7th.

Opening with a reception at the Eric Schindler Gallery (2305 East Broad Street), Friday, April 15th, 7 to 10pm, the exhibition of new work/functional pottery by Mike Brown & Alex Johnson will run through May 7th.

Alex Johnson regarding his process:

“I make functional pottery in Richmond, VA. When I graduated from college in 1997, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer from Mike Brown to become his firing partner. Mike had built a small woodkiln …on his stepfather’s farm.

Even though his kiln was a manageable size, it was still a daunting experience to fire solo. Since then we have built, rebuilt, and reconfigured a number of kilns. Currently we are firing a two chambered wood kiln with a stacking space of 140 cu. Ft. We put a very small amount of salt in the first chamber and a more moderate amount in the second chamber.

Because of the kiln’s proximity to other homes, we try to keep the smoke to a minimum. I use two clays; a smooth, porcelaineous stoneware and a very sandy grey stoneware.

I also wedge these two clays together to achieve other options. I am very interested in the glaze called Shino. Lately I have been using it over colored slips, trying to create a contemporary version of picture shino. As my interest in the pictorial surface has increased, it has lead me to investigate other methods of firing, mainly cone 10 reduction and cone 6 oxidation.”

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