Kay Franz

About the Artist:

My work is greatly influenced by nature as well as by prominent and lesser known artists, past and present. I am deeply grateful to all those influences that have provided me so much inspiration. What began in my own work as an exploration of the vessel form has over the years evolved into work more sculptural in nature but still owes much to traditional forms.

All work is one-of-a-kind and hand built using a combination of pinch, slab, mold and coil techniques to construct my pieces. Surface colors and finishes use a combination of slips, glazes and or terra sigillata. Pieces bisque fire to cone 05. Some work is given a final firing in an outdoor barrel kiln filled with newspaper and sawdust to yield a smoky, fire kissed finish. Recently I’ve been exploring the use of a low-fire red clay with various terra sigillatas, underglazes, stains and or glazes.

I earned my BFA in Crafts from the University of Georgia in 1973. Over the years, I have attended many workshops and exhibited locally, regionally and nationally in various shows. My work is represented in local and regional galleries. I am a member of numerous arts organizations in Virginia and elsewhere. I live in wonderful old neighborhood in beautiful Richmond, Virginia.

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