Maker Tom Callery
11 x 11 cm
Tom Callery has been working through the medium of clay for over twenty years. Originally from Kilkenny Tom moved to Sligo to study Fine Art in college and was immediately drawn in the direction of ceramics. After leaving college in 1993, he gained valuable experience working in the ceramic studio of Michael Kennedy in Sligo. He ultimately set up a studio with his wife Gráinne MacLoughlin called Breeogue Pottery Callery Ceramics in 1998. In 2006 Tom Callery Ceramics moved his work to a new studio near their home in Cloonamangh.
The Raku Process
The most interesting aspect of the technique is that a piece is taken directly from the kiln into a raku pit while it is still very hot 1000°C.
The raku pit is lined with combustible materials such as saw dust, which immediately ignite. The pit is covered, and the resulting fire and smoke add a wide variety of finishes to the piece. The process is quick, exciting, and predictable only within a certain range of possibilities. The uniqueness or “one-of-a-kind” aspect of a raku piece is impossible to reproduce.
Oxides are widely used in the raw glaze and firings results in a range of colours from rich, deep turquoise to shiny bright copper or a mixture of both on one pot.