Pyrometric started with the Camarillo Springs Fire in 2013 that evacuated the campus where we teach (Cal State, Channel Islands) and burned right to the edge of the studio. We collected buckets of ash, some from particular species--yucca, laurel sumac, lemonade berry. Slaked and sieved, it made the glassy, green glaze dripping down one of the cones.
The second inspiration was seeing a reference to Japanese “tsunami stones” that are inscribed with messages such as, “Do not build your house below this point.” We started asking questions about the nature people encounter in Southern California and how art might help people inhabit that space. After our "ritual firing" with the Ventura County Fire Department, and after exhibiting, we hope to place the cones throughout the landscape to wait, perhaps for years, for them to be “chaparral fired.” The cones reference traffic cones that mark spaces of danger and safety and ceramic pyrometric cones that tell the temperature of the inside of a kiln.
Prior to the Arboretum show, Pyrometric appeared at Ink & Clay National 40, where it received a Juror's Award from Phyllis Green and at at the 2015 NCECA Biennial at Brown University (one of 50 chosen from 1147 international entries)