I spent 29 years in the Air Force, retired in March 2004, and now make pottery full time. I first took pottery classes in 2000. In 2001, I volunteered at a military Craft Center in Hawaii, taught pottery classes, and later became the lead pottery volunteer. I participated in annual Raku Ho'olaule'a Events in Hawaii from 2001 to 2004 and had pieces selected for the follow-on show each year. I started Fireblaze Pottery in 2005.
I participate in several art events each year and show my work in a local gallery, all of which are listed on the Events page.
I had a piece of my work featured in the Lark publication "500 Raku". In February 2011, I shipped 21 pieces of pottery for a commission to display in the Okura Hotel in Macau. A picture of that work can be seen on the gallery page, under commissions. In 2014, I was commissioned to make 3 pieces for the Sanya Sunny Bay Hotel in Hainan.
My life has been stimulated by the variety of beautiful things I've experienced in my travels. I am very mechanically-oriented and carry that to my pottery. My goal is to ensure each piece has a smooth flow from start to finish - to create beautiful pieces of art - both functional and decorative - in a variety of firing techniques.
Please email me if you are interested in a private class, visiting my home studio/gallery, or discussing my pottery.
Email me at: Wanda(at)FireblazePottery(dot)com
Gig Harbor, Washington