“I use beach-sand from the South Shores of Lake Superior mixed into porcelain. This creates random black spots from the iron-rich sand. The local clay is also iron-rich and is mixed into the clay or glaze creating rich dark greens, reds, browns and blacks. I make traditional ash-glazes from local Maple and Oak trees. My ingredients are simple and I hope to create a voice of the area.
It’s so fun using the local materials and anticipating what they have to say and the colors they create. I love all the spots made from the beach sand and the rich darks and reds from the local clay. I also enjoy the idea of loving an area and taking it home with you to enjoy every day – “A piece of here on your table.”
My technique and methods are influenced by my apprenticeship at the St. John’s Pottery in Minnesota (2004-06) under Richard Bresnahan, studies in Karatsu, Japan (2006-10) and Ulsan, Korea (2010). These experiences nurtured a love of clay, the use of local materials, clay history, and wood-kilns. I create on a Japanese-style wooden kick wheel and processes local clays and ashes for pottery-use in my home just south of Bayfield in Washburn, WI. Visit me at Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, WI. “
– Jonathan Walburg
“A little piece of Lake Superior on your table.”
Beach-sand from Lake Superior in porcelain.
Iron spots from the superior sand.
Local clays add reds, browns and blacks.
Glaze of melted ash from locally harvested trees.