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Louis & Christine Colombarini


Dowelltown, TN


My classical and contemporary clay works begin with a bisque firing of 1850º in an electric kiln. Followed by applications of copper patinas, the individual vessels are buried in hardwood sawdust inside a ventilated metal chamber. The sawdust is ignited and burns over a 3 to 8 hour period — depending on weather conditions. The multitude of color variations on the vessel’s surface is a direct result of the smoking and smoldering sawdust. Each vessel is unique, impossible to duplicate, and highly collectable.


Care for your clay art is simple. Clean with a soft lint-free cloth — dampened with windex or dust with a soft brush. Never use anything abrasive or caustic. Low-fire vessels will not hold water — provide a liner of glass or plastic to hold fresh flowers.

Artist Statement

Over 30 years as a professional ceramic artist, I have enjoyed the proficient experience of many clay, glaze, and firing techniques — from high-fire functional stoneware to low-fire decorative Raku of which I have had the honor of national recognition. My clay works continue to evolve as I welcome another challenge. Most recently, I have embraced the surprise and spontaneity of primitive pit-firing as well as the art of slip-trail surface design. I am thankful to share my visions of clay — please enjoy your new art treasure.

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