Charles Chrisco was born and raised in the Seagrove/Jugtown area of North Carolina, a region long recognized for its extensive pottery heritage. He studied pottery at Montgomery Technical Institute in Troy, N.C. and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Design in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has been working with raku since 1981. Having exhibited his work from Chicago to Miami, he has won numerous awards including:
Best in Show – Apollo Beach, Fla.
Best in Show – Mecca Fest, Carrolton, Ga.
Best in Show – Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Best Pottery/Clay – St. Augustine, Fla.
First Place/Clay – Beaux Arts, Miami, Fla.
Best in Pottery – Hollywood, Fla.
First Place – 3D Art – Center Fest, Durham, N.C.
Award of Distinction – Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Award of Distinction – New Port Rickey, Fla.
Award of Distinction – Mainsail, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Award of Distinction – Greensboro, N.C.
About Raku Pottery
The art of raku pottery was originated in 16th century Japan by a Korean woman. Translated, “raku” means “felicity” or great happiness, a title bestowed uon the earliest raku wares by the reigning ruler of Japan.
After the bisque-fired pots are decorated, they are hand brushed and covered with a transparent crackle glzze and refired. The glazed pots are removed from the kiln while glowing hot, placed in a combutstible mateial and allowed to smoke. As the smoke penetrates the cracks,it causes a gray network of lines to develoop in the glaze. After the pots have cooled, they are then scrubbed clean and finished with a black stain.
Due to the spontaneous nature of the raku firing process, each piece becomes unique in its design and therefore cannot be duplicated.