Rick Jenkins (ceramics)

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For the past 33 years I have enjoyed being a part of the art education being delivered in the Boise Valley both as an instructor and art administrator. As Director of the Boise City Art Center it has been my pleasure to see hundreds of youth and adults experience the enjoyment of creative expression through the visual arts. I have retired from my position as art director and have begun a new phase of my life dedicating myself to my art full time.

In last few years I have been intrigued with the mysteries of carbon trap shino glazes.  An ancient Japanese glaze that originated in the Mino region of Japan in the 16th century and is intimately linked to the Buddhist tea ceremony. I was attracted to the earthy beauty of shino glazes with its colors ranging from iron red to golden brown, tan, black or spotted black. No other glaze can vary so much by how it is manipulated by the way it is applied, dried and fired.  I have experimented with many different glaze recipes and firing schedules and it never ceases to amaze me how many variations can be achieved. Each time I open my kiln it is like Christmas not knowing what you will get from your latest attempts at this glaze.  That is what keeps it fresh and wonderful.

exhibited at:
Brown’s Gallery
The Potters Center
The Main Gallery
The Broadbent Gallery
The Boise Art Museum
Boise State University
Treasure Valley Community College
Northwest Nazarene College
Modern Art Event
Challis Maddog Gallery
Art Space at Eagle Performing Arts