Hans Miles Pottery
Hans Miles was raised in Prescott, Arizona in a family of artists and has been creating and destroying since day one. Facinated with the mechanical, the natural, design and deconstruction, the unknown and the novelty, Hans brings a very special and highly idioisyncratic style to every facet of his expression.
These strong reverberations of style can be found in his approach to the ceramic medium. From chaotically executed sculptures imbued with moments of intensity and marks of insanity, to his highly controlled and meticulously planned atmospheric firings; this artist strives to relay an evocative narrative wiht each and every piece. As the lead lab technician at ASU Hans has developed many different firing styles and glaze recipes completely unique to himself but he is assuredly far from ending his search intothe many pockets of forgotton knowledge that pertain to the ceramic arts.
His current works intend to explore even deeper the essence and science of atmospheric firing, a process invented in Europe in the 14th century and involving the introduction of volatile elemements like sodium, potoasium and calcium into the kiln at a temperature exceeding 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of firing can result in innumerable chemical reactions inside the kiln such as color changes, crystal growth glass deposits and a little understood process known as flashing. However, sprinkled into these works are moments of quiet inspiration, loud bursts of recklessness and a subtle charm that makes his work so accessable and interesting in the first place.