Tomiko WilkersonArtist Bio:
While attending U of H, I discovered clay. After several semesters of ceramics with Huey Beckham, I loved it! I earned my teaching degree, started working, a family, clay was on hold. I retired 3ish years ago. First thing I did was enroll in ceramics at Glassell. I am enjoying being a maker again. I love functional items that are visually interesting, thus my focus. I incorporate a lot of texture in my hand-built pieces, and my choice of clay has been stoneware fired in reduction. I love the depth of surface, the toasty color of the clay, and the way the glaze breaks over the textured surface. This summer I attended workshops taught by some very talented North Carolina potters. I am experimenting with techniques learned using low fire red earthenware, slips, terra sigillata, and transfers of my creation on hand-built items. I love both methods of making, and plan to continue creating functional items, in stoneware, and sometimes in earthenware.