Jazz Quinn Arts
Among her many diverse talents and interests, Jacki participates in the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA) as an archer, wench, and fool. She is pleased to be able to produce feast-ware for her fellow recreationists. In keeping with her persona as a fool, Jacki "clowns around" as Bubbles the Clown, and can sometimes be seen in this persona stiltwalking and juggling at parties, parades, and public events, as well as SCA events. Her most recent public appearances were at the Fall Festival in Glen Cove, NY and the Health Faire at the Marquis Health Center in Glen Cove.
"I have always loved watching people throw at the potters wheel, and from the first time I tried one, I have loved throwing. I find it challenging, and, when going well, almost meditative. I make things that I like and find useful or beautiful and, most rewarding, both useful and beautiful. I first became interested in Raku during a summer course in pottery. The teacher offered to do a group firing with his portable Raku kiln for the last class... something I had never heard of before.
First, we loaded some bisqued and glazed pieces into the kiln and closed it, then stacked some around it to preheat. Checking the kiln temperature was done by looking into the kiln, none of the formal gauges such as cones that most potters use. When the kiln reached temperature, we used tongs to pull the red-hot ware from the kiln, placing it into a bed of woodchips, then covering them to contain the flames. After the ware cooled, we pulled it out and cleaned it... Glazes that are positively boring in oxidation do the most astounding things in raku... they may turn metallic, develop crackle patterns (a webwork in the glaze, these are intentional in that they exist. Every crackle pattern is different...), or produce a range of color from green to red in one glaze.
Since that first class, I have been fascinated with raku. I convinced the ceramics department at the university I attended to repair their beat-up old raku kiln, (a task they had avoided because "no one uses it," ) and they are still happily rakuing. Now that I'm trying to become a full-time potter, and have my own kiln, I'm thrilled to be working with all of the elements - Earth, Air, Water and, always, Fire." Don't forget, if you have something specific in mind you'd like, just ask Jacki if she can do it. Custom orders welcome!