Peter Karner BiographyLOCATED: Hesperus, CO
SURFACE: Carbon-trap glazes, wax resist, brush work
PROCESS: Hard Brick Gas Kiln
Peter Karner DescriptionMy home and studio are located 10 miles down a gravel road on a creek just south of the La Plata Mountains in Southwest Colorado. Working full-time, I produce six bodies of work a year. Each body of work offers me the opportunity to explore new ideas and refine existing ones. I’m intrigued by the marriage of form and decoration. In striving to integrate these in each pot, I have the opportunity to create work that is both timeless and modern.
I work with stoneware. My pots are thrown, thrown and altered, or hand-built. To achieve visual depth in my patterns, I employ five elements. Four of these--wax resist, latex, dipping, and brushwork--are applied to bisqued pots. The pots are then high-fired in a heavy reduction atmosphere with the intent of trapping carbon in the base glaze. It is trapped carbon that is the fifth and random element. Each pot is designed to serve a functional purpose and is compatible with modern appliances. Download the Pottery Care file for further information.
My pots are made from high-fired stoneware and will last for many years if treated with care. Following are some of the benefits and care guidelines for Peter Karner Pottery.
• All food/drink surfaces are food-safe.
• My pots are functional and are meant to be used! Vases hold water for live
plants, pitchers hold lemonade or sangria, and teapots hold hot water for tea or coffee.
• Oven-safe up to 200 F for warming dishes. I don't recommend baking at high temperatures or keeping in the oven for long periods of time since this can cause thermal shock, which can lead to pots cracking.
Should you have any questions about your pottery, feel free to contact me, and thanks again for your purchase!
Peter Karner StatementMy work is made of stoneware that is fired in a hard brick gas kin to 2300 degrees F in a heavy reduction atmosphere. Each piece is created individually by throwing on the wheel, hand-building, or a combination of the two. I apply my decoration in multiple layers and employ methods such as wax-resist and brushwork to imbue my patterns with depth. The base glazes that I decorate on are designed to capture carbon from the atmosphere in the kiln. This “carbon- trap” effect is random and can add tremendously to the overall energy of a piece.
My mother is a quilter, and I find my attraction to geometric pattern stems from my childhood exposure to her work. African and Japanese textiles, Islamic iron work, modern architecture, and the natural world have also influenced both my forms and decoration.
It is my intention to create modern, yet timeless, work that embodies the soulful expression of my love of flowers, food, and still-life.