Hunter-Wolff Gallery is pleased to represent Kerry Brooks, one of a handful of our non-Colorado based artists. But every once in a while, we discover work that is difficult to resist. We found Kerry Brooks in Ocean Springs, Mississippi but she is a long-time potter (since 1988) based in Minnesota. She learned to throw clay in Ann Arbor, MI and has been working as a full-time studio potter in Minneapolis, MN for nearly 20 years. She works primarily in wheel-thrown, high-fired stoneware. Her unembellished stoneware is fired to about 2,400 degrees in a natural gas kiln and is safe in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher (without fused glass).
Her specialty, however, with fused glass is primarily decorative but can be used with dry foods and should be hand-washed. Unique and appropriately called the “crackle glass ceramics”, these pieces are stunning. Before putting each piece in the kiln to fire the glaze, Kerry adds wax and crushed glass to the center of the piece. The wax and glass both melt in the kiln, the wax evaporates, and the glass crackles as it cools and solidifies for a sparkle unlike everyday stoneware.
Her stoneware embellished with fused glass needs to be used and handled differently from regular tableware so it will showcase its beauty for a lifetime. Although we recommend her pieces more for decorative purposes, there are many functional uses as well. These eye-catching combined mediums are not suitable for preparing food but can be used for serving dry foods such as breads or crackers, fruit, nuts and candy and should be hand-washed. All of Kerry’s pots are durable and they will not lose their vibrant colors over time.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers Kerry Brook’s pottery with fused glass in a rainbow of colors. She uses light greens, turquoise, amber, ocean blues and other vibrant glazes with glass fused in the center of her various shaped bowls and platters creating depth and glimmer.
Because the crackle pattern in the glass is intended, it should be hand-washed and air-dried. Her designs with fused glass are food safe in that they are not toxic in any way and we think you will discover many ways for adding a little extra pizazz to any room in your home or office.
Please check www.hunterwolffgallery.com for new arrivals by Kerry Brooks and let us know what pieces connect with you and your life style. Year-round, you can find Hunter-Wolff Gallery at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue