Gail Frasier creates stunning yet approachable ceramic art in her Loveland studio. Gail kindly shared her thoughts about her artistic process with us.
"The beauty, complexity and details of nature lift my spirits and fill my heart. Just as clay comes from the earth, shapes and colors from the earth are my inspiration. From being sent outside to play as a child in Florida to mountain sports in Colorado, I love to stop and examine tree bark, sea shells, sea pods, cloud shapes and everything out there.
"With pictures and/or examples that I keep, I study the seed pod or tree bark and figure out how these can translate into clay, maybe a vessel or maybe a set of tiles. I can see right away which form to take. For vessels, using my hand-built kick-wheel, I usually start small to see how the concept is holding and to work out kinks. Then I can make the idea into a larger vessel or change the shape accordingly.
"From conception to finish takes at least two months as I need to repeat this process with each pot to fill my 12 cu, ft. kiln. The first firing gets out all water and provides a porous body to accept the glaze. Next I apply studio-made glazes, let dry and fire the gas kiln to 2300ᵒF, white hot. There are no do-overs here, just Christmas or a funeral. "
You can find Gail's art at https://www.voilafineartrental.com/store/c209/Gail_Frasier.html