My ceramic pieces are defined directly by my love for organic objects. Natural forms and creatures have always been integrated into my work. In the past I have focused on oceanic life forms, which will always have a place in my works. My current works explore tree forms.
My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, forms that focus primarily on functionality and the intimacy gained through personal use. I work with high fire stoneware clay, changing clays in response to the intended glaze finish for each piece. All works are bisque fired to cone 04 (1915°F) in an electric kiln and glaze fired to cone 10 (2355°F) in a natural gas downdraft reduction kiln. I work primarily within a family of glazes called Rutile, as well as copper red varieties. The under glaze decoration technique I apply involves slip trail and oxide based paint.
Daniel Caruthers graduated from the University Of Oklahoma with a BFA , emphasis on painting. He minored in ceramics and art history. He attended OU (1999-2004) on scholarship for Wresting and participated in the sport throughout his college career. In the last year of his studies he was introduced to the late Don Poole (founder of Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery), and was inspired to continue his studies in ceramics at the Oregon College Of Art and Craft in Portland Oregon. Daniel opened Fire Trout Studio in Portland, Oregon in 2009. In 2011, Amber Poole and Daniel Caruthers combined their talents and moved to Lexington, VA, now partners under the Earth, Fire, & Spirit Potter name.
Jessy Poole - Caruthers
Jessy Poole-Caruthers graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Her extensive travel experience throughout Europe and Central America has influenced her work, and enabled her to observe a wide array of wildlife. Jessy Poole's examination of the natural world is portrayed in her paintings as a combination of abstraction and realism. Her works are a conscience effort to catch a fleeting moment, making it immobile and permanent. Her paintings are layered, which allows her to achieve complex color schemes as well as include hidden imagery and texture. She has recently begun colaborating with Amber and Daniel of Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.