While pursuing an art degree in interior design with a concentration in history of furniture at San Jose State University, I had the opportunity to explore many media including wood furnituremaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. Two things happened. First, I realized I would never be bored; there were simply too many ideas to explore in one lifetime. Second, I was introduced to and fascinated by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and abstract realism.

After earning my degree and working in architecture, I became a furnituremaker. I incorporated O'Keeffe's motto "Simplify, Eliminate, Emphasize" as the theme in my work. Then I discovered clay.

Clay is a very tactile medium. I enjoy the textures and shapes I am able to create, the way the clay and I work together. Current work is a series where images of nebulae are simplified to abstract shapes and swirling colors.

My work is primarily hand built, combined with raku firing. Raku firing is done quickly, reaching the desired temperature in under an hour. The white hot pieces are then pulled from the kiln and cooled rapidly in open air, water or by being smoked in combustible material, with widely varying results. No two pieces look the same.

Today I live with my husband Jeff in Corvallis, OR, nestled against the Coast Range Mountains in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Three dimensionally I work with clay and wood. Two dimensionally I paint with watercolor. Three media, one theme: abstract realism. Simple and elegant.

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Available Pieces

These pieces are available. I can also create a piece similar to past pieces, however each one is unique.

The pieces below are currently available.

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I am currently showing work at:
Ceramics Showcase, May 1-3, 2015

Winter's Hill Vineyard, select events


Playing with Fire

Raku as a style of pottery began in Japan in the late 16th to early 17th century. Our Western style raku developed from this in the early 20th century.

Bisque fired ceramic ware is coated with glaze or left bare, without glaze, and then placed in the raku kiln. The kiln is heated quickly, in about an hour, to approximately 1850 degrees F.

The hot ware is pulled from the kiln and quickly cooled traditionally in water or air, or in the Western style of combustible material as shown here. The ware is placed in an airtight container of combustible material such as paper, wood shavings or dried leaves.

The container is covered and the fire consumes the oxygen inside, starving the glaze and smoking the ware inside. This is called post firing reduction. Chemical reactions take place during reduction that produce reds, blues and purples in the copper based glazes. The results vary dramatically with each firing.

Raku pieces are for decorative use only. They are not watertight or food safe. To use as a vase, place a plastic or glass container inside to hold water or use dried arrangements.

Get in touch

Contact me at:

Email: rebecca@rebeccaarthurart.com

Phone: 503.871.7458

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