...in Egg Harbor
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Fred Herbst developed his pottery techniques through an educational process that started with graduation from high school in Seymour, Wisconsin in 1990 with an interest in art. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in Art with an emphasis in Sculpture. He received his MFA from the University of North Texas in 1998 in Ceramics.
Fred's related work experience started with his position as adjunct art faculty and studio technician from 1998-2000 in ceramics and sculpture at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. From 2000 to the present, Fred has been at Corning Community College, Corning, New York. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Corning.
While at Corning, Fred has had the opportunity to develop his wood firing process for ceramics and to build the college's kilns. The famed Corning glassblowers became interested in Fred's wood fired kilns and are now experimenting with them in their glassblowing. He had the opportunity during the summer of 2009 to travel to France with Corning glassblowers for a seminar to present his wood fired process as it applies to glassblowing. He returned to France in June of 2010 and 2011 to do more of the same, and was invited to Germany in September of 2010 to present at another seminar. Fred will be returning to France again in 2012 to do much of the same.
Fred uses a wood firing process for ceramics that is based on an ancient Japanese design which produces different effects on pieces than that created by gas or electrical kilns. The anagama-style kiln process involves 24 hour per day firing for 5-6 days and about the same amount of time for cool down before the finished pieces can be removed from the kiln. It is a very time consuming process which demands constant vigil. The different effects come from the type of wood burned, how the wood is stacked, the heat level, and the placement of the pieces within the kiln.
Summertime can bring Fred, wife Alicia, and daughter Emma back to YORE PLACE in Egg Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin, which is the sole outlet for Fred's pottery in the Midwest.
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Fred keeps the fire burning.......
Pictured is the outdoor anagama-style kiln that Fred built and uses for wood firing of ceramics in his studio classes at Corning Community College.