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Robert Franklin Fusion Ceramics

Robert Franklin produces a select range of ceramic art pieces at his studio in Bannockburn near Cromwell.  His works feature Raku ware, Stoneware and Porcelain, with beautiful glazes and interesting surface treatments including Saggar, the Saggar method and results of which is represented in our gallery.

 

Robert Franklin Fusion Ceramics
Robert Franklin Fusion Ceramics - Artist

Robert Franklin Fusion Ceramics

The Saggar Fired process involves placing the piece in a container called a Saggar, as invented by the ancient Chinese, filling said Saggar with various combustibles and then placing in the kiln.There is no glaze on the piece. The piece is then highly burnished by a polished river stone.
Note that it is referred to as a “Form”rather than a bottle as it is not completely waterproof due to the low firing method.
 
"I was a part time studio potter for a decade in the 1970’s supplying a number of retail outlets. I now live and work in Bannockburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago,NZ where I have my working studio.

After a long career in banking and finance my return to ceramics has been a very rewarding experience. Deciding to once again sit at a pottery wheel to see what happened released dramatic results. My knowledge and experience in studio pottery some thirty years ago remained within me in the head and hands but the pieces produced were like nothing that had gone before.

I now utilise that knowledge to create works in many of the genres of ceramics including, Raku, Saggar Firing, Stoneware and Porcelain and I exhibit locally and nationally. My work is strongly influenced by both Japanese and Chinese early ceramics. A visit to Japan to the village of Mashiko, the home of now deceased Japanese National Pottery Treasure Shoji Hamada was a highlight.My work has found it’s way to Norway,London, Hongkong,USA and various places in-between.

My work is an expression of form, finish and texture, more of the fire, and less of the glaze. I am not constrained by the demands of production but more by what flows from the hands on the day.

The true work of art is but a shadow of divine perfection”. MICHELANGELO

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