Charles Gluskoter pottery ceramics stoneware wheel thrown slab building old-world multi-cultural appearance lanterns

Charles Gluskoter

Studio potter Charles Gluskoter has been producing handmade stoneware vessels for thirty years. He has created a distinct style combining wheel throwing, and slab building in individual distinct vessels. Most of these pots have an old-world multi-cultural appearance. The large architectural pieces including indoor and outdoor lanterns, bonsai planters, and wall sconce lights, have a deep relief of textures created by hammering, and carving. Many of his forms such as teapots, jars, ikebana flower arranging pieces, funerary urns, and bonsai planters have a distinctly Asian appearance. Many of his textural pieces will have sculptural animals such as lizards, turtles, and beetles blended into the design. These pieces are highly detailed with handles, knobs, and feet.

The large clay masks can be displayed indoors, or used outdoors as design pieces on the exterior of your home, or as unique garden pieces. Each one is individually made by hand. No two are the same. These pieces combine a character of humor, fantasy, and whimsy.

The glazes used on these pieces give the appearance of antique bronze, ancient iron, and aged copper. These finishes have a very dry character. The dry iron-like glaze has a cracked-mud, or dried lakebed appearance. The green glaze has a wide variation in color on any one individual piece, from yellow, to rust, to light green, to dark green. It is reminiscent of the scaly green lichen found growing on rocks. These pots which combine unusual forms, unique textures and glazes, and strong detailing are highly original.

Charles Gluskoter teaches ceramic classes in his Sheridan studio, and is available to those wishing to sponsor clay workshops.

While every effort is made to create a piece like the one pictured, these pieces are individually crafted, and so there will be slight variations in the form as well as the color. Most pieces need to be made at your request. The amount of time required to create each piece, including the drying time, glazing time and firing time, may take from 8 to 16 weeks.