About the Artists:
Tim Tyler is a multifaceted artist who works in clay, photography, painting, sculpture and print-making media. After graduating from Winthrop with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics, Tyler worked with Douglas and Debbie Grier in their Greenville SC gallery as a gallery assistant and custom framer. With Grier’s blessing, Tyler took over as gallery owner when the Griers relocated to Edisto, SC. In addition to directing his gallery and providing truly unforgettable custom framing for his clients, Tim has focused his creativity on paintings in oil of atmospheric , ethereal landscapes and demure nudes as well as abstract figures using mixed media/collage.
As a successful gallery owner and generous friend, Tim has been an invaluable resource to our galleries over the years and was one of the first potters we represented when we opened in 2001. After years of focusing primarily on painting and running his gallery, we are thrilled that since relocating to the Charleston area with his beautiful young family, that Tim has returned to his wheel to create some of the most gorgeous Raku vases we have seen.
The word “raku” means “happiness in the accident.” Raku pottery was first developed by Japanese potters in the 16th century and it still holds a mystique today. The unique look of Raku pottery is achieved by utilizing both smoke and fire in the Raku kiln to create an unpredictable and unique style. Raku pottery can be produced from any clay, but special Raku clay is more suited to withstand higher temperatures and thermal shock. The process of Raku firing differs from other firing methods because the pots are removed from the kiln at their maximum temperature and are then covered with combustible materials such as wood, newspaper, cardboard or dried leaves; all of which produce a different effect. These materials and the smoke they produce inhibit the absorption of oxygen into the molten enamel resulting in metallic glazes , the smoky finish in unglazed areas and the crackle patterns that are unique to Raku pottery. The intrigue of applying this Raku style is in the random results that are obtained; ie, “happiness in the accident.”
We are so happy that Tim has decided to join our galleries as a contributing artist and a custom framer and has given us the opportunity to represent his work. Stay tuned!