b. late 20th Century
Jim Whalen is an American ceramicist and owner of Paradox Pottery in Horse Shoe, North Caroline. Simple rounded earth inspired shapes are the vehicles for for his unique process. His pots are wheel thrown then burnished and coated with terra sigliatta. After bisque firing, wax resist patterns are applied. The pots go through a salting process and are then fired in a Raku kiln, then in sawdust firing. This multi-stepped process results in random, chaotic markings.