Q: How is this stuff made?
A: Jeff uses the pottery wheel on almost all works he creates. Even if they aren’t symmetrical parts are thrown then combined in ways that are unusual and asymmetrical.
Q: Where is it all made?
A: Jeff uses several studios, but for the most part all the work is made on his farm in Fennville, MI. He sometimes works at other studios using wood kilns and other types of kilns he currently has limited access to. The Ox-Bow school of art is one facility where he has been able to work at annually.
Q: How long does it take to make something?
A: The “throwing” part of a work is often faster than people realize. There are many steps in the process of making however, and after 5-7 steps and dry time it often takes 2-3 weeks for any work to me finished. Even small pieces.
Q: What is unique about this ceramics?
A: Strong colors can often be difficult to achieve with consistency. The streamlined forms combined with his unusual palette of colors makes his work stand apart from more traditional ceramics. A mid-century-modern aesthetic with updated colors and a zest for today.
Q: Is this pottery or ceramics?
A: Ceramics is a material and a field of study. Pottery is one item that can be made with ceramics. And if something is ceramic, it means the material started as clay (earth) and was heated to a specific temperature which makes an irreversible change, it then becomes “fired” and “ceramic” material.
Q: Can I order something specific?
A: Specific orders can be discussed. Depending on complexity and time frames commissions may be accepted.
Q: Do you do Low-Fire or High-Fire ceramics?
A: Both. The collection will always be diverse, and part of that is using variations of materials and kilns. The stronger colors are typically done at lower temperatures so the colorants don’t burn out. More earthy works are generally high fired.
Q: How big can you make something?
A: As big as a kiln provided.
Q: How can I show my support for Volmod?
A: Investing in a work of art is the easiest way, but join the mailing list and stay in touch with what’s current.
Q: Where can I buy Jeff Blandford artwork?
A: Jeff’s gallery is located in Saugatuck, MI. It is open year round although seasonal hours often apply. There he shows a full range of his works in clay as well as glass. Items start at 20 dollars and make wonderful gifts. Feel free to always contact the artist directly with questions and purchasing.