LA Gallanar has been making abstract ceramic “handlings” for years. Inspired by the feel and beauty river rocks, the form of each of her unique Raku ceramic pieces is created to be held and viewed. Hold one of these and you’ll feel it. There’s a calming. In the Japanese tradition, Raku pottery is fired with the introduction of smoke from straw and wood shavings, creating one of a kind patterns that are then polished and burnished by Gallanar into beautiful forms that long to be owned, held, and treasured.
"I began my voyage with clay in southern California in 1968 when my mother-in-law persuaded me to take a class with her at the park. She found she was allergic to clay; I was hooked for life. At first, I threw terra cotta hanging planters for street fairs. By the early 1980s, I was teaching Raku workshops. In the early 1990’s, I began burnishing my pots with a polished river rock before firing to give them a soft gloss without glazing, and firing them in cylinders (saggers) packed with straw or sawdust and chemicals that vaporized in the enclosed atmosphere, leaving random flashes of color on the pots."