Collection: Damian Grava
My undergraduate studies were both art and science in New Hampshire, heavily focused on ceramics and geology. The combination has led me on a journey exploring natural materials, firing processes, and the purpose of artisan objects in today’s world. Upon moving to Seattle, in 2003, I focused my energies on growing my knowledge and experience as a ceramist. I spent 5 years at Pottery Northwest where I developed clay bodies, slips and glazes for soda firing. Simultaneously I worked with Peter Olsen on his hybrid, wood fire Yamagama kiln project in Index. Most often I use vapor fire kilns as vehicles to manifest depth, intrigue, and emotion in my pots. I attended many workshops taught by national and international artists at Pottery Northwest and Seward Park Clay Studio, where I was often the workshop assistant. The potent energy of Seattle’s art scene has served me well, as it has offered many opportunities to work with great ceramic artists. I currently teach classes at Seward Park Clay Studio and Redmond Clay Studio, where I am the Director of a new and growing clay program on the east side.