Wheel-Thrown Functional Ceramics
Cups & Mugs
Made to be used
Beverages • Food • Display
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Find Brad’s work at:
- Marilyn Affolter’s Fine Art Gallery – McMinnville, Oregon
- Pulp & Circumstance – Newberg, Oregon
More of the Ceramics Story
Bradley’s quest to the wheel and kiln began at Pomona College in southern California, in between soccer games and sun-kissed treks to the beach. The creative side of the craft proved contagious but would be delayed for many years as Bradley pursued a career in physical therapy. Eventually, clay called and classes at Oregon College of Arts & Crafts and Portland Community College sharpened Bradley’s approach, affording new techniques and a deftness that emanates from everything he throws.
Creating Function in a Vapor Environment
An emphasis on salt-firing – or, introducing sodium chloride to a kiln firebox amid scorching temperatures – affords an eye-catching array of surface complexity. Normally, unpredictability is a risk. Here, it’s the dazzling result of a special potting approach, offering textures like orange peel and onion skin and no chance of replication. In other words, every Bradley piece is a collector’s item.
Bradley Ceramics Timeline
I make art with a purpose, or function. My work intends to please visually, displayed on a shelf or on a wall. It also intends to go to work by serving, through a dinner or holding a favorite beverage. Color, shape, texture, expression, and touch all play roles in the ceramic art experience. Everything is just better in clay!