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Bob Johnson
Psychoceramics

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The drippy, runny effects, as well as the beading of some of the glazes that you see on many of Bob’s pots, result from wood ash used as a flux to melt the glaze. The pots you see here are made of stoneware and fired to cone 6 (approximately 2236 F) in reduction. This means that the flame is starved of oxygen, causing carbon compounds to circulate in the kiln’s atmosphere, causing certain coloring agents - especially iron oxide - to react with the carbon, producing the earthy colors you see in many of the glazes.  

Bob is especially interested in photographing some of his pots in natural settings. Those pots and “pot shots” are offered together as sets. (Click on image at the left to see an example.)

 

Before he was a potter, Bob was a psychologist who taught for nearly three decades at Umpqua Community College . Borrowing a term that Ken Kesey used in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bob calls himself a psychoceramicist - a “crackpot."

 

 

 
                         
   

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