was born in Taiwan but raised in Houston, Texas. With degrees in Engineering
and Business Management,
I came to Seattle as part of the high-tech boom and then discovered
the joy of pottery during a break from the frenzy of the startup world.
Throwing the elegant line, the graceful form is where I experience
the greatest joy in creating my pottery, but it is the interplay
of control and spontaneity that truly defines my work. I augment
the tightly controlled lines of traditional Asian forms with textures
and glaze effects that are much looser and sponteneous.
I make functional porcelain and stoneware pots for everyday and
special occasion use. Most of my pieces are wheel-thrown and reduction-fired
with assorted slip, glaze, and soda vapor effects. I generally use
light, spring-time colors to complement the luxurious curves of
my porcelain pieces. To emphasize the nobility of stoneware forms,
I use darker, earthier colors in combination with the effects of
soda vapor on the clay body itself.
often use light celadon glazes to emphasize and complement
the purity and graceful lines of my porcelain pieces. I like
to fire my stoneware pieces in a soda kiln where the effects
of the soda vapor causes the clay to flash and flux, revealing
the noble character of the stoneware clay body itself.
My goal is very simple - to create beautiful things that
look good, feel good, and are useful in daily life. I try
to make things that are appealing both from a functional as
well as an aesthetic perspective. My greatest satisfaction
comes from other people enjoying and using my pots as much
as I enjoy making them.
Visit my website at www.nanakuo.com
or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org