Featured Artist


Phyllis Roderer

Phyllis Roderer
Sample Work

My main interest, and that on which I was juried in to the Torpedo Factory in 1997, is that of alternative fi ring. Currently I am most focused on Horsehair Raku. The method of pulling the piece of pottery from the kiln while still hot and dropping strands of horsehair onto the surface which burns off leaving black squiggly lines in a random pattern over the piece Most of my work is wheel thrown and burnished with a fine clayslip, called terra sigalata, which gives the piece a satin smooth finish. Sometimes I like to add a small sculpture of a bird, or lizard, or just a decorative finial to the lid.

I have an associate degree in Fine Art from the Northern Virginia Community College and have taken numerous classes in sculpture, wheel throwing, painting and drawing with the Art League of Alexandria. My teaching experience includes Raku, wheel throwing and glazing for the Creative Clay Studios, Arlington County as well as Fairfax County Adult Ed and for the Art League of Alexandria. In 2010 my work was published in Schaffer’s Publication “Ceramics Today” and on the cover of the Potters Council annual national calendar competition. I am a juried (1997) Torpedo Factory Artist Association member and exhibit my work in the Fire One Gallery, Studio 22, of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria,Virginia. My work can also be found at the TFAA satellite gallery in the Mosaic District of Fairfax Virginia.

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