About the Artist:For the past two decades, Frans has been involved in ceramics. His interest in the craft has led him in many directions - finally settling himself in the somewhat unpredictable world of Raku.
His passion for strong Earth colours and textures coupled with metallics, lets his forms speak for themselves. He is ever on the search for forms that allow him to express these passions - ones that best suit his personality and commitment to his craft.A quick study in methods, he soon began to learn techniques from prominent potters from all over. He acquired several certificates from programs at Sheridan College, Oakville Campus, Ontario, Canada. Those courses provided him with the formal education that allowed him to hone his skills.
His works are on display in private collections in Greece, England, Germany, USA, Holland, Japan, and Canada.
While residing in Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Frans teaches pottery at the Credit Valley Artisans in Georgetown and is a member of the Potters' Guild of Hamilton & Region.
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Raku is created from ceramics that have been coated with glazes containing copper oxides, silver, and cobalt, and then fired. The firing process involves rapid temperature escalation to about 1900 degrees - carefully watching for glaze changes and melt. The pieces are then removed from the kiln while red hot and immediately placed in a container filled with combustible materials and then tightly covered. This creates an oxygen-reduced atmosphere that allows the glazes to work their magic. Where there is no glaze, the clay draws in the carbon created by the smoke and turns it black. Beautiful metallic - reds, yellows, greens, and blues and many combinations are revealed only after the pieces are cooled - and are the true marks of the Raku process.
Naked Raku is not glazed, but coated with a layer of clay and then submitted to the same process. The coating cracks and lets in the carbon to produce a crackle on the surface.