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Edward and Deborah Bowen having 35 plus years ceramics experience moved to Bend, Oregon and began their Juniper Hill Ceramics business in 2005. They use a variety of forming techniques to create each piece of pottery. The potter’s wheel, slabroller and clay extruder are all used to create the desired forms plus a myriad of impressions to embellish the clay surface creating unique textures.

Along with Functional Stoneware, custom sinks and tile work the Bowen’s also create Raku vases, lamps, plaques, decorative fish wall hangings, mosaics and unique burnished pit wood fired vases.

High Fire Functional Stoneware: Each piece of pottery is hand-formed on a potter’s wheel or hand-built. All of the glazes are unique and Non Toxic. The pottery is fired to a temperature of over 2300 degrees which vitrifies the clay into a very durable material called stoneware. It may be used in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. However, please follow these few guidelines:

Decorative Raku: “Raku literally means happiness!” Raku pottery is made by removing the pieces from the kiln at a high temperature of 1947 degrees and placing on sawdust to combust then enclosing the flame to smolder and then cool slowly or rapidly by dosing in water. Like any piece of art, Raku should be handled with care. The metallic luster may fade over time and should not be placed in direct sunlight. Clean only with a soft cloth and water. Raku should not be used to hold liquids or food.

Pit Wood Firing: Each piece is hand-formed on a potter’s wheel or hand-built. Once the piece is dried to a “leather hard” state it is burnished; which is a process of rubbing the clay with a smoothing tool (preferably a polished stone) over the entire piece several times. It is then fired to bisque which brings the clay to a semi-hard state. Pieces are placed in a pit on a bed of sawdust with a layering of combustibles such as seaweed, banana peels and animal dung also surrounded by twigs and wood creating a lattice support for the heavier pieces of wood on top. The wood is ignited and left to burn completely out, this takes appx. 24 hours. While the clay is being heated as the combustibles burn around it, it absorbs these materials and traps the carbon on the surface of the burnished forms creating a rich array of warm oranges, beiges, brick and burgundy colors and a dramatic contrasting black where the piece rested in the bed of sawdust. Once cooled the pieces are then cleaned and warmed in the oven at 170 degrees to be polished with clear shoe wax. This is a process which can be repeated after a time when the piece has dried out and is no longer as shiny. At this point you can really appreciate the individuality of each flame painted piece of art!