Doug Cole - Sumner, IA
I was a secondary art instructor for thirty-three years and retired in 2000. That same year I established Cole Art Pottery.
My pottery is electric fired cone six wheel-thrown stoneware. I am always enthused about the endless possibilities and permanence of clay. The tactile qualities of clay and the physical challenges are always making the process of working with clay a rewarding experience.
Cole Pottery is recognizable because of the use of red stoneware clay with brushed iron oxide stain. This enhances and darkens the clay. I also use embellishments of carved wooden and sculptural elements, various natural slip decoration and embedded marine fossils on the pottery.
The glazing techniques that I use include spraying, dipping, pouring and splattering. These techniques lead to one of a kind pottery pieces. I specialize in the forms of vases, bottlenecks, a variety of bowl shapes and lidded forms.
My pottery can be found in galleries in Iowa and Minnesota. I also participate in eight to ten art shows during the spring, summer and fall months.
Doug Cole, Cole Art Pottery, 100 W 1st St, Sumner, IA 50674