My ten year career in ceramics focused on modifying the hammer and anvil technique to produce large pinch-pots from up to 8-pound balls of clay. Building a custom one-person raku kiln allowed the work to remain stationary while going into reduction.
Searching for inspiration, I decided I wanted a medium with less environmental impact. I now produce abstract digital art. This footprint is more comfortable, and I can still create finely crafted pieces by hand.
More information about my ceramic process and custom raku kiln can be found in the following publications:
Raku. Mathieson, John. London: A & C Black. 2002.
Creative Ideas for Clay Artists: A Collection of Articles from Ceramics Monthly. Westerville, Ohio: ACS. 2001.
In Pursuit of Form, Ceramics Monthly, September, 1998: 50-54.