Gallery Address and Phone

  • 115 S. Adams Street, Spokane, WA  99201 - 509-863-9904 

June 2 - 30, 2017- "Stoke by Stoke"   Wood Fired Ceramics from the Kelsey Anagama

  • Reception First Friday, June 2, 5 - 8 pm

       When you drop wood into the open door of a wood fired kiln it is called stoking. Stoking continues from the time you light a match in the kiln to the moment you extinguish it. This process of building heat in a kiln can last any where from 56 - 110 hours. Over the last year, local ceramic artist, Chris Kelsey has designed and then completed the construction of a wood fired anagama kiln, the only one of its type in Eastern Washington. On Sunday, May 20th at 11 AM, a group of ceramic artists: Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore, Mike Buck, Brian Joyce, Mardis Nenno, & Dennis Smith brought their ceramic pieces out to Chris Kelsey’s finished kiln, located in the Little Spokane River Valley on the property of ceramic artist Gina Freuen, and began the process of loading the interior of the kiln for its inaugural firing. The match was lit at 8 pm and stoking continued around the clock through Thursday, May 24th @ midnight. Temperatures were reached and held inside the kiln, through continuous stoking of around 2300 degrees. Crew members, Julie & Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore, Mike Buck, Dennis Smith, Gina Freuen and Mardis Nenno stoked 6 hour shifts or more each day. It will cool without opening for 6 days at which time all the participants and supporters of this venture will meet to unbrick the door and begin the celebrational unloading of the ceramic wares that were loaded into it over 2 weeks prior.  Out of the ashes of the kiln will be carried richly toned, rusty colored, smoky hued pieces of stoneware and porcelain pottery and sculpture that have qualities unlike comparable piecesfired in electric or gas fired environments. To this end was the original intent in building a kiln of this quality when the idea was hatched over a year ago.

From Wikipedia: An anagama (a Japanese term meaning "cave kiln") consists of a firing chamber with a firebox at one end and a flue at the other. Although the term "firebox" is used to describe the space for the fire, there is no physical structure separating the stoking space from the pottery space. The term anagama describes single-chamber kilns built in a sloping tunnel shape. In fact, ancient kilns were sometimes built by digging tunnels into banks of clay.
     The anagama is fueled with firewood, in contrast to the electric or gas-fueled kilns commonly used by most contemporary potters. A continuous supply of fuel is needed for firing, as wood thrown into the hot kiln is consumed very rapidly. Stoking occurs round the clock until a variety of variables are achieved including the way the molten pots look inside the kiln, the temperatures reached and sustained, the amount of ash applied, the wetness of the walls and the pots, etc.
     Burning wood not only produces heat of up to 1400°C (2,500 °F), it also produces fly ash and volatile salts. Wood ash settles on the pieces during the firing, and the complex interaction between flame, ash, and the minerals of the clay body forms a natural ash glaze. This glaze may show great variation in color, texture, and thickness, ranging from smooth and glossy to rough and sharp. The placement of pieces within the kiln distinctly affects the pottery's appearance, as pieces closer to the firebox may receive heavy coats of ash, or even be immersed in embers, while others deeper in the kiln may only be softly touched by ash effects. Other factors that depend on the location include temperature and oxidation/reduction. Besides location in the kiln, (as with other fuel-fired updraft kilns) the way pieces are placed near each other affects the flame path, and, thus, the appearance of pieces within localized zones of the kiln can vary as well. It is said that loading an anagama kiln is the most difficult part of the firing. The potter must imagine the flame path as it rushes through the kiln, and use this sense to paint the pieces with fire.
     The length of the firing depends on the volume of the kiln and may take anywhere from 48 hours to 12 or more days. The kiln generally takes the same amount of time to cool down. Records of historic firings in large Asian kilns shared by several village potters describe several weeks of steady stoking per firing.

A selection of ceramic works from this inaugural firing will be featured in the Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery for June’s First Friday, June 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm. Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore and Gina Freuen will display the featured works along with representational pieces from this inauguralfiring by Mike Buck, Brian Joyce, Mardis Nenno & Dennis Smith.  Photos of the whole loading, firing and unloading will be hung and maybe hot dogs will be roasting out in front of the gallery on the sidewalk.

 

July - Summer Hours, Gallery Open by Appointment or Give us a Call!

 

August 4th & 5th, 2017 - Annual "Cleaning Off the Shelves," Summer Sale

Annual studio sale of ceramics by Gina Freuen, Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore. Do not miss out on our $25. Grab Bags! Each bag has one piece by Gina, Chris and Mark in it. Blind picks.

  • First Friday, August 4, 5 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, August 5, noon - 4 pm

August 25 - September 23, 2017 - Annual Guest Artist Exhibition - Loren Lukens, Seattle, WA

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 5 - 8 pm
  • First Friday, September 1, 5 - 8 pm
  • Closing reception, meet the artist - Friday, September 22, 5 - 8 pm

        WORKSHOP BY LOREN LUKENS - Saturday, September 23, 10 AM - 4 PM (More info on Workshop Page)

Biography
     I discovered clay and pottery making as an art student in the 1970’s and it was love at first sight. It has been my passion and livelihood for more than 40 years. Brace Point Pottery is the studio/gallery and home in beautiful downtown Arbor Heights, West Seattle, that I have shared with my wife, Beth Kirchhoff (pianist, opera coach and conductor), since 1998.

 
Artist Comment
     The beginnings of humankind go hand in hand with the beginnings of pottery. Of contemporary craft media, only basket making is as fundamental. The shapes of pottery are the shapes of the human body, and are named such: lip, foot, shoulder. They are shapes we know very well on a level beneath our consciousness. My intent is to apply contemporary interpretation to traditional form and purpose by creating objects for people to use and enjoy.
     As an art student, Form and Function drew me to pottery, but painting has been an increasingly important aspect to my work. My best pots resolve the difficulty of painting in three dimensions, while maintaining the integrity of the form.
     My glazing technique is squirt bottle “Art Marks” under a casually sprayed landscape of glazes. High temperature reduction firing allows a saturation of color and glaze/clay interaction especially with iron and titanium bearing glazes and the possibility of unpredictable aventurine crystal formation as well as the dramatic and somewhat elusive copper red. Porcelain clay provides a bright, white backdrop to enhance color response and increase durability

Loren Lukens, Brace Point Pottery, Seattle, WA

October 6 - 27, 2017- New Works from Fall Kiln Firings

Trackside Partners, Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore and Gina Freuen will exhibit works fired in their Fall kiln firings.

  • Receptions: First Friday, October 6, 5 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, October 7, noon - 4 pm

November 3 - 25, 2017- Feast!

Trackside Partners with Kolva Sullivan Gallery to pair up our exhibits under the theme of "Feast.," 

Kolva-Sullivan gallery will be featuring the paintings of Kay O'Rourke.

  • Receptions: First Friday, November 3, 5 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 4, noon - 4 pm
  • Gallery closed for Thanksgiving November 21 through November 24.
  • Thanksgiving Special Holiday Hours: Saturday, November 25, noon - 4 PM

December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018, Cup of Joy

Third annual group invitational of drinking vessels, cup, mug, yunomi, sake, stein, goblet, functional or non-functional. Invited artists will exhibit up to 4 cup forms for our holiday gift giving season, shipped from all corners of the United States.

  • Receptions: First Friday, December 1, 5 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, December 2, noon - 4 pm
  • Holiday cup pick up and last minute sales! Saturday, December 16, 2017
    • Gallery closed for Christmas Holidays December 17 - 30.
  • Reception, First Friday of January, January 5, 5 - 8 pm

February 2 - 23, 2018- To be announced

  • Reception: First Friday, February 2, 5 - 8 pm

March 2 - 30, 2018 - Chris Kelsey

  • Reception: First Friday, March 2,  5 - 8 pm

April 6 - 27, 2018 - Rob McKirdie & Tybre Newcomer

Annual Invitational exhibit featuring the work of professionally working ceramic educators from our region.

  • Reception: First Friday, April 6, 5 - 8 pm

Meet and Greet Slide Show Information evening TBA