Elaine Pinkernell

Ceramic Artist

Raku mixed media

I treat the clay as if it were fabric or paper.  I  roll out a soft slab, texture it, rip it, even cut holes in it to add an extra dimension.  I then lay it on drywall to keep it flat as it dries.  The piece is given it’s dramatic glaze effects by firing it using the ancient Japanese process known as Raku. The piece is pulled out red hot at over 1900 degrees and quickly placed into a barrel full of combustible materials.  This smokes the piece.  As soon as the barrel has cooled I eagerly “peek” to see what magically one-of-a-kind results the fire has allowed  me.  Finally I enhance the contrast of color and texture by embellishing the piece with silk/lurex fabrics, glass beads, wire, computer parts, metallic acrylics and more.


Available work:

The focus ranges from gestural marks to fun with circuit boards to texture from detritus gleaned from my frequent walks through the farm next door.  Berries currently grow there and there are many lovely rope and twine scraps to be used as new texture too.

All work below is sold.

Hearts, spirals, boxes, ones and zero’s.  Used as icons, patterns, doodles, they continue to inspire me.



Just in time for the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival.


Hearts and hugs and kisses.  Just in time for Vtines Day.  Can kitsch be cool?  I gave it my best shot…