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Michael Scrivens

 

Member profile details

First name
Michael
Last name
Scrivens
City
Stevenson
State
WA
Public Studio Phone
(541) 490-0678
Public Email Address
 

Art Work Description

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Firing Methods
  • Low-Fire
Types of Clay Used
  • White Earthenware
  • Terra Cotta
Forming Methods and Techniques
  • Wheel Thrown
  • Slip Cast
Finishing Methods and Techniques
  • Sprayed Glazes
Forms Types
  • Plates
  • Serving Platters
  • Cups
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Bowls
  • Soup Bowls
  • Serving Bowls
  • Vessel
  • Architectural
Artwork Description
  • Functional
  • Non-Functional
  • Tiles
  • Architectural
  • Organic
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Earthy
Artist Statement
The first 20 years of my almost 50 years of working with clay was almost exclusively various lines of wheel thrown items. Ultimately, my wheelthrowing has always been drawn to pieces intended to hang on a wall.
The most popular example being my large terracotta platters glazed in black with colorful fish. Perhaps I'm a frustrated painter or something, because even my newest changes in my work insist on hanging on the wall.
Wheelthrowing is very limiting in terms of size, which is one reason I'm enjoying applying the same glazes and techniques of glaze application to tiles. The scale is almost limitless, I have done shower walls the same the same as my platters, with colorful fish on black. I'm most excited about my newest work, I've designed a line of high relief tiles which surround with a cut and glazed tile frame and equip it to hang on the wall. These high relief tiles are designed with the high relief image connecting to itself through the grout line to provide a continuous running accent which can be used as backsplashes or as feature strips amongst field tiles.

Michael Scrivens
Biography
I was introduced to pottery in high school around 1969 and bought my first wheel in 1970 and worked in the basement of my parents home. I studied some ceramics in college at both Mt. Hood Community College and the University of Oregon.

For many years to come I worked primarily with Cone 6 white clay with a “dunk & brush” glaze technique. In 1989 I decided to do a complete change over and began using a beautiful terra cotta clay body. I was also developing a technique of spraying and masking glazes and underglazes. The resulting patterns were at times unpredictable and sometimes images would start to appear. One of these images was the image of a fish. The colorful fish image on a black background was chosen as Best of Show for the 1990 Ceramic Showcase as well as Best of Show 1990 Artquake.

Today, now 50 years later, with some breaks away from my pottery career, I’m still using the same beautiful terra cotta clay body and the glazing techniques with my pottery. I’m now also using those same glazing techniques on groupings of unglazed tiles creating mural-like pieces that I frame with wood for wall pieces or even for table tops. The last several years I’ve shifted my focus to a line of high relief tiles originally to be used as back splashes or accent bands amongst field tiles.

Things really changed after an “Aha!” moment in which I realized I could use a wet saw (tile saw) to cut and glaze tile frames for my high relief tiles. This began a whole new and growing direction in my work.
 

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