Working with clay since the young age of 15, Chad Jerzak has spent nearly 35 years exploring, teaching, and learning about clay and firing processes. Jerzak has found a great interest in exploring alternative and atmospheric firing methods as his signature style of choice. Raku and Barrel fired ceramics allow for vast opportunities and experimentation with clay.
"I am greatly inspired by the element of fire and the unpredictable results it can bring to a clay surface. I approach this experimental aspect of raku and barrel firing as an adventure in clay. I enjoy learning what clay and fire do together to produce a mysterious presence."
Spending time in the outdoors brings inspiration and motivation to my process. Raku and Barrel fired ceramics allows for much experimentation in how the atmosphere of the kiln and organic firing materials interact to produce a ceramic surface filled with depth and character. The intimate relationship with fire and the unpredictable nature it brings allows for volatile results.