work is of a highly decorated quality. It is made of stoneware clay
fired to cone 10 (2300 degrees F.) in a reduction atmosphere. The
patterned surface is achieved through slip trailing on greenware
with no preliminary sketching, but develops as the design is applied.
The forms are created as a 3-dimensional "canvas". I am
continually seeking new forms and variations to decorate and strive
to create a successful, unified piece consisting of form, decoration,
and glazed surface".
- Jeff Tousley
a very strong "functional pottery" background, my work
relies heavily on wheel thrown forms and techniques. I like to alter
the forms slightly by pushing, pulling, and cutting the fresh, plastic
clay, yet retaining a certain amount of "functionality"
to the piece, i.e. covered jars, plates, etc. The forms need to
be strong, yet clean and direct. Decoration is achieved through
subtle scratching, and the layering of different glazes. I've used
the "x" symbol for quite a few years because of it's historic
symbolism as a figure of strength and mysticism. All work at this
time is fired to C/10 (2300 degrees F.) in a reducing atmosphere.