Andrew Berends “Raku Platter”
16.5 inch, raku platter
Andrew Berends has a been a potter since 1976. He received a B.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Upon graduating, he traveled through Spain, working with traditional folk potters. In 1986, he received an M.F.A. from Montana State University at Bozeman, then went on to be an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, Colorado. He now lives in Vermont, where he established his studio in the woods. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States.
"I like the idea of capturing a specific moment in time by freezing the flame mark with water. It is really tricky to freeze at the right moment. If the pot is too hot it cracks. If the pot is too cool the glaze looks boring. If it's just the right temperature the glaze effect can be magical. It is this magic that keeps me searching…"