For New London, MN artist Bill Gossman, clay holds appeal because of its responsiveness, the way it records “the lightest touch as well as a heavy hand.” The majority of his work is formed on a potters’ wheel, with alterations made afterward. The pieces are fired once in a four-chambered climbing kiln of Bill’s own design that is fueled by recycled wood. During the firing, flames have an impact one the glazes and leave their signature on his work. The last section in the four-chambered kiln is constructed so that soda vapors enhance the pots fired there.
The artist states, “I create all my clay work unassisted, though I enjoy sharing my workspace with fellow artists and non-artists alike. I strive for strong and pure shapes, with an emphasis on form with minimal embellishment. The eventual owners and users of my work will see the same elements of line, form and design that are found in nature, be it in a stone, plant, landscape or human body.”