Monday, April 04, 2011

Annette Libby pottery now at Carolina Creations

Artist Annette Libby was born in Germany and grew up north of Frankfurt am Main.

She married and moved to Virginia Beach, VA. 26 years ago, then again to North Carolina.

Her love for nature is reflected in her work. She has always been fascinated by the fact that one can turn a moist and moldable piece of clay into something completely permanent just by introducing heat.

Annette began experimenting with clay and those materials she found in nature. Walks through the forests close to her home have given her the inspiration to create these unique pieces of art.

Annette's pottery is formed by hand using clay slabs. She shapes her forms using a variety of molds Once dried all pieces are bisque fired, hand glazed and fired once again in a electric kiln. She also started to explore to a greater extend the raku firing process in which the piece is first glazed and then fired in a gas kiln to a temperature of approximately 1600-1800 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the glaze used. It is then placed in a reduction chamber, in her case a metal trashcan containing newspaper. Once the paper ignites, the lid is placed on the trashcan which extinguishes the flames and the piece is allowed to cool. She frequently likes using a type of glaze that produces gorgeous metallic effects.

Today, Annette is a well recognized artist in North Carolina and her unique pieces of art embellish homes not only in the US but around the globe.

To see more of Annettes work click here!

- Janet Francoeur

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