Featured Artisan Manuel Magallon
   

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image of manuel magallon, ceramic artistI became interested in glazes in 1962 when I took my first ceramic class. One day, I happen to walk into the kiln room and I saw some crystalline pottery that had just been taken out of the kiln. They were so beautiful; it was love at first sight. I switched my major to Fine Art and pursued my interest in creating beautiful objects. Ceramics was my first love and I studied under several international know ceramists at SJSU during the 60's. Almost 40 years later I began working with crystalline glazes. I've been working with them for several years and creating pottery that compliments the glazes. I work toward creating a special relationship between a pot's form and the crystalline glaze used to decorate its surface. Sometimes a pot only needs a few crystals in the glaze to create a beautifully finish piece. But, because these glazes have a mind of their own, different glaze combinations and firing sequences are needed to achieve the desired results. Crystals have many unique and subtle visual qualities. Every time I open the kiln there are new discoveries because not two pieces are ever the same. My quest is to explore the possibilities!

Crystalline glazes are unique, intriguing and difficult to work with but they are some of the most beautiful glazes you have every seen. The crystals in crystalline glazes are grown in the glaze during the glaze firing of the pottery. The chemicals that make-up the glaze and the colorants used in the glaze dictates how the glaze is fired. They also influence the type of crystals that will grow in the glaze. The firing cycle greatly influences the final appearance of the glaze and its crystals. The pottery is fired to its maturing temperature and then the kiln is cooled to the temperature where the crystals grow. The glaze is held at this temperature to grow the crystals. Some crystals seem to flat on the surface and others grow from the clay surface through the glaze coat and protrude above the glaze surface. Some glazes create cluster of crystals scattered over the surface of the pot. These glazes create a striking contract between the glaze’s background color and the color and shape of the crystal clusters. One of the most intriguing aspects of crystalline glazes is the fact that they have a wide range of subtle and complex visual qualities, and these qualities vary with each firing.

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