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One to Watch: Kathleen Tennock

Ceramicist Kathleen Tennock takes some earthy inspiration for her work.

There’s a timeless elegance to stone—it’s one of the oldest materials in the known world. It’s also forever inspiring Kathleen Tennock’s uniquely decorative vessels. “I love the energy that a pebble has if you hold it in your hand,” the Whistler-based ceramicist muses. “It has such a beautiful weight and balance to it.”

She achieves the stone-like textured look synonymous with her work through a variation on a centuries-old Japanese firing technique called naked raku. The beauty of raku firing is in its uncontrollable nature. “It’s just such a spontaneous process,” she says.

But not all pieces, and roughly only 10 percent of her larger creations, can withstand the thermal shock. She deposits her clay still red-hot from the kiln into a basket of sawdust and shredded newspaper, which instantly goes up in flames, leaving wonderfully abstract patterns on the surface.

Tennock (pictured here in her Whistler studio) uses an ancient firing technique to achieve unique patterns.

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