Charlie Riggs Pottery
Charlie Riggs Pottery is owned and operated by Charles and Linda Riggs who work together to create some
of the most brilliant pieces in Seagrove. Most of their work is thrown by
Charlie who takes time to make a very smooth surface that will later be polished
with terra sigillata. The pots are then finished with one of the smoke fired
techniques that results in a shiny unglazed surface, brilliant with the colors
of saggar firing, the bold blacks and whites of naked raku or the subtle marks
of horsehair and ferric chloride.
Charlie also has a line of strictly
raku pots that reflect his need for creativity, many of which have multiple
layered glazes and a wide variety of shapes featuring altered forms and
Linda hand builds sculptural bowls,
trays, animals and jewelry which are later finished with one of her specialty
techniques, either saggar firing or naked raku.
"According to ancient mythology, in the beginning there was chaos, and creation
brought forth order and structure. Life is a continual dance to keep these
forces in balance. I see my work reflecting this balance. I create with a plan
that exacts straight smooth lines from the clay and then create curves that
mirror the spheres and ovals of the natural world."
"When the forms are finished, I have blank
canvasses that are later submerged into a chaotic atmosphere of fire, smoke, and
chemical fumes. Each piece is unique and has the imprint of unpredictability
painted on its surface. There is a particular joy in using this creative method.
The beauty of controlled form is transcended by the limitless patterns of
serendipity. Life is always full of surprises."
Charles has a Bachelor's Degree in
Fine Art--Ceramics. He has been featured in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, and
Studio Potter as well as numerous books like "Alternative Firing Methods" by
Watkins / Wandless and "Raku, The Practical Approach," by Steven Branfman.
Charlie Riggs Pottery has exhibited
extensively in the Southeast, the Western US, and as far away as Canada and
Norway. He also teaches workshops throughout the US and Canada in a
variety of subjects including, Raku Methods, Saggar-firing, Pit-Firing, Raku
Kiln Building, and Throwing Techniques. He is a member of the faculty at Laloba
Ranch Clay School in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Linda holds a Masters in
Anthropology and has written a number of articles on pottery for Ceramics
Monthly and Clay Times. She is also featured in magazine articles on
saggar firing, and in numerous books on Raku and Saggar-firing. She is on
the faculty of Laloba Ranch Clay Center in Colorado and teaches workshops
with her husband Charlie.
Linda says, "I am motivated by
the beauty of the natural world and by ancient cultures. Low-fire fuming and raku techniques create clay surfaces that resemble smooth rocks with organic
patterns. These techniques utilize the same ingredients and process used by
ancient cultures resulting in a continuity of time, both in the forms and in the
Charlie has also been known to hand
craft some of the most beautiful bass guitars and instruments from maple and
zebra wood that you’ve ever seen. His craftsmanship and ability is apparently
unstoppable no matter what he is creating. If you take a look at some of his
photos on Facebook, his attention to detail and love for texture and design is
obvious in these fine instruments as well.
Charlie Riggs Pottery is unmistakable from first glance. The design and intricate style of these saggar
fired, horse hair and raku pots created by Charles and Linda will stop you in your tracks if you see them in
a local shop. The beauty that is created by perfect preparation being subjected
to that "chaotic atmosphere of fire, smoke and chemical fumes" is something that
will give joy to generations for years to come.
Charlie Riggs Pottery 462 Firetower Rd, Carthage NC 27341
Phone: 910-673-4036 email@example.com
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