HI YOU ARE BIDDING ON THIS FABULOUS SIGNED STUDIO ART POTTERY VASE IRRIDECSCENT BY NORMAN BACON RAKU THAT I GOT AT A LANCASTER PA ESTATE MEASURES 7"1/2 TALL AND IS IN WONDERFUL CONDITION SIGNED ON BOTTOM THERE IS NO RESERVE ON THIS OR ANY OF MY AUCTIONS CHECK OUT MY OTHER ART GLASS AND ANTIQUES FROM THE SAME ESTATE EMAIL ME ANY QUESTIONS THANK YOU AND : ) MORE INFORMATION :Norman Bacon produces thousands of pots a year that are created with molds to minimize breakage and are raku-fired with a copper glaze. The firing is a two-step process using an oven and a cooling tower he designed. Each pot is a one-of-a kind piece.
Bacon, who lives in Bearsville, in Ulster County, accomplishes his unique look through a process he calls "Painting With Fire." First, he decides whether to draw on the piece, or if the color over a strong form should stand by itself. If he chooses to draw, he applies a wax resist using a longhaired brush in a free form style. When dry, the wax resists the liquid copper dipped over the form. During the firing, the lines of wax become matte.
Carefully monitoring the heat with a digital, Bacon fires from one to 12 pots in his gas kiln for 15 to 20 minutes in temperatures up to 1,975 degree Fahrenheit, pyrometer. Distinctive beading caused by excessive heat adds texture to the form and color. The pots are then set in wood shavings in the post-firing chamber over the glowing pots setting the shavings aflame. Bacon closes off the oxygen causing the cooling tower to fill with gases and carbon. This produces the black matte background. Then, airflow transforms the glaze into brilliant, iridescent colors in a random pattern. After thirty minutes Bacon removes the pots. Luminous colors and beading are his trademark.
Bacon says that his career as a potter began with a magical moment in Door County, Wisconsin, an area known for its arts and crafts. As teenager he was exploring an abandoned pottery and came across a perfect little bowl with a gorgeous, chocolate brown glaze. It was a transforming, Zen-like experience.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, during the sixties, Bacon studied ceramics. Among other techniques, he had his first experience with raku. But low-fire white ware and its sculptural potential captivated him.
After college, he traveled around the country, eventually settling on a cranberry farm in Cape Cod. This became his studio base and an outlet for his pottery. He also sold his white ware line in Cambridge and Boston galleries.
Restless, after three years, Bacon moved to New York, still working with white ware and creating elegant vases and bowls with painterly designs. He sold to prestigious galleries and museums and to Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales. He also traveled to Florida, selling in galleries there.
He was seeking a haven. A friend suggested the Woodstock area. Bacon has lived there since. He met his wife, Lila, a painter who works with watercolors and pastels. They opened a studio and gallery in Kingston from 1975 to 1977 and bought their home in Bearsville. In 1979, their daughter, Sarah, was born.
For a number of years, Norman and Lila worked together creating whimsical imagery, landscapes, animals and birds - part of a line they called Bacon and Eggs. They won prizes in juried exhibitions including the first Rhinebeck crafts show. They sold in galleries across the country and developed an extensive wholesale business.
Originally, Bacon hand-built the forms but soon turned to handmade molds, eventually using slip (or liquid clay.) "I loved the hand building and coloring, the organic shapes. And we could preserve the integrity of the handmade look by using molds, then painting each pot," he said. Then, they hit a creative roadblock. "We produced too much. I lost the ability to make up something. We were the victims of our own success."
Bacon decided he needed to get more familiar with his material. He turned to raku and shifted from treating the clay surface like a canvas to a more natural process. He experimented with coppe...