Mandala Bowl, stoneware, 19 inches, by Craig Rhodes

Mandala Bowl, stoneware, 19 inches, by Craig Rhodes

The votes are in and I’m pleased to announce that Craig Rhodes is the grand prize winner of our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest! In today’s post, Craig will tell us a bit more about himself and how he plans to use his gift card. Plus we’ll share some images of his work, like the beautiful bowl to the left. Congratulations to Craig, and to and runners up Murry Gans and Joe Dillett.

We’d also like to thank everyone who entered, commented and voted. There were so many good entries that we will probably feature some honorable mentions on CAD from time to time. Stay tuned!

And if you have any ideas for future contests, drop us a line at editor@ceramicartsdaily.org. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor


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Detail of overglaze decoration on pottery by Craig Rhodes.

Detail of overglaze decoration on pottery by Craig Rhodes.


Thoughts From Craig:

I’m both delighted and surprised to have won the DIY Clay Tools Video Contest – surprised because of the excellent videos by both Murry Gans and Joe Dillett. I consider them kindred spirits and admire their ingenuity.

I used my submission to the contest basically as an opportunity to learn how to make and edit a video. The prize is icing on the cake, as well as a godsend. After forty plus years of working in clay, this is a first. I fell in love with clay in 1966 after taking a course with Fred Shepherd at Murray State University and have never looked back. Much of what I know about clay is from the kindness of others like Fred Shepherd, Wayne Bates, Harris Dellar and now the folks at Ceramic Arts Daily. The prize is important but validation by one’s peers is priceless.

The $500 gift certificate will be put to good use. It’s nice to be in the position of being able to afford a tool that might be considered a luxury at any other time. For instance, sieving 5 gallons of glaze with a brush and screen has always been one of the more tedious aspects of glaze making. Now I can justify buying a Talisman Rotary Sieve rather than defer it in the interest of frugality. I’m sure most potters will agree that new tools tend to both motivate and inspire. In that regard, I’m sure my work will improve as a result of Euclid’s and Ceramic Arts Daily’s generosity.”

Mandala Bowl and detail, by Craig Rhodes.

Mandala Bowl and detail, by Craig Rhodes.

About Craig’s Mandala Bowls
The Mandala bowls measure about 18 to 20 inches in diameter. Their uniform size and shape serve as a template. The base glaze is a cone 6 gun metal black with multi layers of overglaze using a motif based on an exploration of the mandala, iris, or anything in the round. While functional they are designed and wired to be hung. 

Craig Rhodes in his Brookport, Illinois, studio.

Craig Rhodes in his Brookport, Illinois, studio.

About Craig Rhodes
Working primarily with functional forms in various clay bodies, Craig brings a rich color palette to his ware with a wide variety of glazes and glazing techniques. With a masters’ degree in ceramics, Craig has been working at his craft for more than 40 years. The work employs a variety of forms, textures, glazes, glazing techniques fired in both electric and gas kilns. Craig’s work is shown in his studio located in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois and regionally at the Southern Illinois Artisans Gallery.

To learn more about Craig Rhodes or to see more images of his work, visit http://jcrhodes.com/.
Watch Craig’s winning video here!

 

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