Ross De La Garza, a seventh generation Texan who grew up along the Texas coastline in Corpus Christi began to create his whimsical fish over twenty years ago. His passion for his craft and the ever growing family of art patrons, keeps him reaching into the kiln with an unending smile on his face and his heart.
All his creations are whimsical built and Raku fired. Fish, teapots, and vessels are the dominant motif in his work with an emphasis in texture and bright colors. Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, the warm gulf waters, nature and my background in Geological Sciences have influenced my work. He incorporates fossiliferous limestone, copper, fused glass and fishing lures to delight all who get introduced to his art.
Raku is a sixteenth century firing technique that originated in Japan and was brought to the U.S. in the 50’s. The process involves reaching into a kiln at approximately 1800 degrees and removing the pieces while still hot. The glaze at this temperature is melted and the stress of the cooling causes the glazes to shrink on the clay, creating a randomly cracked pattern. Before the pottery cools completely, the piece is placed in a barrel of shredded newspaper that will ignite on contact. Once a lid is placed on the barrel to kill the fire, the piece absorbs the smoke. The clay glaze and smoke all react to produce the dynamic effect known as Raku.
Each piece is unique in expression and design with just the right amount of creative levity and whimsy to instill a joy in the beholder.