I use red earthenware clay to make my ceramic vessels. Most of my work is wheel-thrown, altered and assembled, with some forms hand built from flat sheets of clay utilizing handmade molds. I often either coat the entire piece in the contrasting white slip to carve through and reveal the rich red clay beneath, a process known as sgrafitto, or I dip select areas in the white slip and then respond to the shape that results from the contour of the dipped pot.
After bisque firing, I then apply a myriad of shopmade and commercially produced glazes. I employ glazes that enhance the surface and carvings of my vessels or I layer glazes and wax resist areas to achieve certain textures, glaze interactions, and patterning. After a laborious glazing cycle, my work is then fired a second time in the glaze kiln to cone 03 or 1987 F. Most glazes I use are food safe, and intended for use in the kitchen and home. These glazes are durable, and can be placed in the dishwasher, however I do not recommend microwave use for any of my work. Any work that includes a non-food safe surface will be more sculptural in nature, labeled as such, or the glaze in question will most assuredly be on the exterior of the piece.
Ronan Kyle Peterson grew up in Poplar, NC in the mountains of western North Carolina. Ronan completed his BA degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Folklore. He followed his interest in folklore by attending the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, taking classes in ceramics and other folk media. After working at an Asheville pottery for two years, he honed his ceramics skills further with intensive study at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC as a Core Student in Penland’s work exchange program. Ronan now lives, works and operates Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, NC. He works as a studio potter producing whimsical functional and decorative earthenware pots.