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DEB BURR

POTTERY

 

Deb Burr has been creating pottery for over 10 years. Oakland Community College, in Royal Oak, Michigan, is where she received the bulk of her formal training. Charlie Blosser was her professor. He was a task master in throwing technique. Concurrently, dozens of seasoned potters in the studio gave loving and honest advice, thus the village raised the child. She also gives Lori Wade, from Alpena Community College, credit for freeing her from the why to the why not?!

 

In 2011, Deb turned an unused building, in Presque Isle, into her current studio and gallery. The apron strings were cut and she took her first solo flight in glaze formulation, and firing a kiln.

 

Her work is influenced by nature. She loves to carve and stamp images into her wheel thrown and hand built pieces. A favorite technique is sgraffito, where a colored liquid clay, called slip, is applied over the pottery and then images can be carved through it, providing a more enhanced end result. It is also important to her that the pieces feel good in the hand. They are functional, meant to be held and used.

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