Tom Clarkson and Nancy Ross – Fire and Smoke: Episode V

Tom Clarkson and Nancy Ross

Title: Fire and Smoke: Episode V

Description: Raku demonstration with PVCC ceramic students. Nancy Ross will demonstrate horsehair and feather raku.


Feather raku (above); Horsehair raku (below) by Nancy Ross


Bios: Tom Clarkson has been a studio potter and ceramics teacher for over 30 years. He has exhibited his work nationally for decades. He has an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. He is the director of the ceramics program at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Nancy Ross produces a line of functional, wheel-thrown stoneware with some one-of-a-kind, altered pieces in a one-woman studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia. Forms are classical; glazes are reminiscent of surrounding mountains, both in color and design, using rich blues and greens offset by creamy whites. She works in several different directions at the same time—most recently working on alternately fired pieces such as raku and horsehair raku. She has been teaching college ceramics since 2009 at PVCC. She finds teaching a perfect complement to her personal studio work, as it stimulates and expands her approaches to clay and allows her to share her love of clay with many motivated.,,