Martin Price has three loves. First, his wife Diane, and then making pots and growing peaches and apples. The pots Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers by Marty are fired in a gas-fired kiln to a temperature of 1800 degrees F. They are then removed with tongs and placed in a newspaper-lined metal container. He waits for flames to erupt, then places a lid on the container. The oxygen is reduced inside the container, and the thick smoke blackens the unglazed surface and the cracks in the glaze. When the pot cools down, he removes and cleans it, and determines if the pot is worthy of the gallery. Marty has adopted many of the Raku pottery techniques, in what is now a more Western version versus Japanese version to create his stunning "one-of-a-kind" pieces most of which he creates on the potters wheel. No molds are used in his process. All pieces are original and signed.
A retired teacher, working peach farmer, and ceramicist, Marty Price has been creating in clay for over 35 years. For a number of years he traveled to Colorado, from Indiana where he manages his orchards, for raku firing workshops. It takes a lot of dedication to balance life on his farm and keeping up with his art. He and his wife work in the orchard almost daily. Marty says, “There is a lot of unseen work that goes into getting a quality peach and apple crop. We market the crop in three or more farmers’ markets. It's the best part of living on a farm in Indiana.” Following his heart, he mastered the techniques of raku firing, and now schedules several weeks at a time to travel to Colorado Springs throughout the year, when demands of farming allow, to create the beautiful vessels Hunter-Wolff Gallery is pleased to offer.
Marty says about his work, “My old way of making pottery was to make the pot, then decide how it should be glazed. In raku pottery, I find that the opposite is true. Each form is made for a particular raku process, whether it be horsehair or crackle glazed, saggar fired, or another of the endless combinations. The raku process tells the pot what form it should be.”
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