I was introduced to ceramics in 1968 while attending high school. It became an outlet for creativity and expression. A passion that has stayed with me for life. I have a Bachelors of Art from Sonoma State University. Over the years I have taught recreational pottery while serving in the United States Air Force and through a local community recreation facility. Currently, as a retired Civil Servant, I volunteer four days a week at the pottery studio located at Chabot Community College in Hayward. I provide background support managing and maintaining such areas as the chemical and glaze rooms, loading and firing the cone 10 gas kiln and assisting students in the development of their throwing skills.
I enjoy making functional pottery and pay close attention to form, fit, and function. I strive for balance and beauty in simple forms and shapes. I focus on the little details that most might not notice, always striving for perfection.
I have found great joy in the expressive and creative process called Raku. The ancient art of Raku was developed by the Japanese around 1600 BC which was used in connection with their tea ceremonies. The process of Raku (firing technique) is not part of the actual tea ceremony. Modern American Raku is quite divergent from its origins although the basic firing process is similar. American Raku uses a variety of vibrant glaze applied to traditional and altered forms. I favor a mixture of traditional and altered form. I strive for simplicity using minimal visual elements, attempting not to impose my specific statement but allowing the observer to make an interpretation and feel their own emotions.
Here are a few samples of Marcus's work