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Richard Burkett

My work hovers between pottery and sculpture. Some pieces move in a sculptural direction, yet still derive some of their form from vestiges of my more functional work. I find this a fascinating interplay, with one body of work informing the other and making both stronger for their interaction.

These teapots fall into a long line of functional ware that I have made, most of it soda or salt fired. Atmospheric firing is the way that I think when I’m making work after 40-plus years of soda and salt firing my work. I love the complex surfaces that result from creating forms that will react to the movement of sodium through the kiln.

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