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Ross De La Garza

 

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.

 

 

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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