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Elizabeth Lazarus


690 Grape Avenue, Boulder, CO, USA

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I’ve been making pottery for 20 years, first at the Pottery Lab and then at Boulder Potters Guild since 2008. It is a welcomed, calming activity that balances the intensity of my professional work as a psychotherapist with the longing to express my creative self through art. I have always been a person who loves complex challenges and my pottery represents my passion for exploring new and various ways to create art.

I utilize three types of methods in my work: 1) low fire porcelain, 2) high fire shino, and 3) crystalline porcelain. All of my work is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.  My low fire pieces bring out the brilliant colors of underglazes. I spray different colors onto the pieces and then fire them with a clear glaze to bring out the color and give them a shiny surface. I love creating pieces whose colors are varied and cheerful. Each piece can lighten up a room with its bright colors. 

Experimenting with high fire shino glazes is a blast, because shino glazes are sensitive to oxygen and carbon which makes the glazing process complex. The reddish orange designs are developed by depriving areas on the pot of oxygen while the glaze dries, and the shades of black are created by the amount of carbon that can be trapped during the firing. Every firing is different, providing a multitude of surprises.

Creating crystalline pottery is the ultimate challenge! The kiln temperature must be precisely manipulated and controlled in order for the zinc particles in the glaze to form crystals. The glaze is so sensitive to temperature and timing, that you never know what you’re going to get….and that is what makes it so fun!

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