Dorothy Armstrong

                   

 

I am a country girl having lived all my life on farms in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, so it is no surprise that I combine

my love of working with clay with making the animals and birds I know and love.

Many of my pieces are Raku Fired. This is an exciting process where the work is taken from the kiln at 1100 Deg C and is placed in a container with sawdust and shredded newspaper in it. The newspaper  bursts into flames, then a lid is put on the container. The pottery absorbs the smoke, to produce the black and the exciting coloured crackle glazes.

I also make large stoneware garden sculptures, original domestic platters, and small porcelain pieces.

I enjoy the challenge of making pieces on commission and have made a number of dogs from photos sent me.