John Kennedy

Experiments in Clay and Fire

Strange how small encounters can change a life in big ways. In John’s case, the encounter was with fire, Raku, and clay. What began as an evening pottery class at the local High School has come to change his life.  John has always been interested in the science and mechanics of how things work—or often don’t work. Learning the concept of Wabi-Sabi, i.e., unintentional happenings that lead to beautiful imperfection, has deepened those interests. From Raku in the High School parking lot to working on his neighbor’s home built kick wheel, and then, after a 25 year lull, wandering into The ARTS Building and signing up for a clay class. 

Almost 20 years ago John began the first iteration of his home clay studio and through subsequent re-models the studio has grown into a local hub for Raku events that usually occur during Solstices and Equinoxes. As he has continued to explore the beauty and unpredictability of Raku, he has found himself, more and more, influenced by his Celtic origins and love of the ocean.

John works in clay with a special interest in glazing and firing techniques. He explores Celtic mythology in his sculpture work and looks for new ways to interpret face molds in his explorations with Raku. Lately he has begun the challenge of working from live models for his Celtic sculpting projects.  You can find John most days at his North Auburn “Artists In Cahoots Studios and Gallery.” 


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