Wanda Garrity - Clay Sculpture
Email: fireblazepottery@gmail.com
Studio:  253-857-8563
"My life has been stimulated by the variety of beautiful things I’ve experienced in my travels.  I am very
mechanically-oriented and carry that to my pottery.  My goal is to ensure each piece has a smooth flow from
start to finish…to create beautiful pieces of art – both functional and decorative – in a variety of firing techniques.”

GALLERIES - Current Representation
•        Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
•        Gallery Row, Gig Harbor, WA
•        Bluewater Artworks Gallery, Poulsbo, WA
•        Patrick Daley @ Gilman, Issaquah, WA

SHOWS - 2001 - present
•        2011 Avenue West Juried Art Exhibition, Spokane, WA
•        2009-13 Collective Visions Gallery Statewide Juried Art Show, Bremerton, WA
•        2006  Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Alliance 8th Annual Juried Art Show
•        Raku Ho’olaule’a 2001-4, 2006, 2011-2012, Honolulu, HI

AWARDS
•        2013 CVG Show – Honorable Mention
•        2012 Raku Ho’olaule’a – Grand Prize
•        2011 Avenue West Juried Art Exhibition – 1st Place, Pottery; Honorable Mention, Pottery
•        2006 Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Alliance 8th Annual Juried Art Show – Merit Award
•        2001 Raku Ho’olaule’a, Honolulu, HI – Honorable Mention

SOLO & FEATURED ARTIST SHOWS
•        2012 Arkless Gallery, Seabeck, WA – July featured artist
•        2012 Gallery Row, Gig Harbor, WA – July featured artist
•        2010 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA – July featured artist
•        2009 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA – July featured artist
•        2008 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA – August featured artist
•        2007 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA – June featured artist
•        2007 Two Vaults Gallery, Tacoma, WA – April featured artist

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
•        November 2009 to 2012, Beginner, Intermediate, and Specialty Pottery Classes at Fireblaze Pottery Studio,
Port Orchard, WA.
•        2009 - Weekend Specialty Classes – Claywerks Clay Center, Bremerton, WA
•        2008 - Alternative Firing Techniques – Claywerks Clay Center, Bremerton, WA
•        2007 - Raku Workshop – Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
•        2001-2003 - Fort Shafter Arts and Crafts – Beginning and Intermediate Pottery, Honolulu, HI

EDUCATION
•        Masters Degree, Troy University, 1995
•        Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO, 1981
•        Seminars/Workshops: Jeff Chang, David Kuroka, Harvey Sadow, Emma Luna, Dave & Bonnie Deal, Ian Currie,
In Chin   Lee, Joe Brecha, Al Tennison, Don Sprague, Gary Holt, Eduardo Lazo, Linda & Charlie Riggs, Wally
Asselberghs, Kate & Will Jacobson, Tom Coleman.

AFFILIATIONS
•        Washington Clayarts Association

See more of Wanda Garrity’s work by visiting the following websites:
http://www.fireblazepottery.com
http:// www.collectivevisions.com

ART PROCESSES
"Raku"
The Japanese symbol for Raku means "enjoyment - the conscious return to ...direct and primitive treatment ..."    Raku
originated in the period of 1573-1615 for the purpose of making a single tea bowl for the tea ceremony.   Today’s Raku
process requires an intimate understanding of the materials, transforming the pottery into dramatic forms of Art.  Raku
pottery is fired to approximately 1800° F and removed with long tongs from the kiln. The glowing pot is quickly placed in a
container with combustible materials and covered.  The materials burn, changing the color and chemistry of the pot and its
glaze.  

"Saggar"
Saggar pottery is handmade from clay and coated with several layers of white Terra-Sigillata, a slip containing very fine
particles of clay.  After application, the Terra-Sigillata is polished with a soft cloth and bisque fired.  Then the piece is
coated with chemicals, wrapped in aluminum foil with small pieces of leaves, feathers, horse hair or other materials and
fired in a Raku kiln to about 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.  After this second firing, it is sealed and lightly waxed.

"Carbonized"
Carbonized pottery is handmade from clay and coated with white or colored Terra-Sigillata, polished, and bisqued.   
Then the piece is fired in a Raku kiln and removed from the kiln when it reaches 1100 degrees.  Individual pieces of
horse hair or Emu feathers are laid across the piece to create the carbon lines you see.  Some pieces also are
sprinkled with sugar, creating small dots of carbon.  These decorative pieces are also sealed and lightly waxed.

"Stoneware"
Stoneware pottery is thrown on the potter’s wheel and/or hand built from a porcelaneous clay.  Each piece is fired twice
in an electric kiln, once to 1800°F to bisque fire, then to 2300°F for the glaze firing.  All of the glazes are made from
scratch, based on tested formulas.  These pieces are functional, intended for household use, and are microwave and
dishwasher safe.