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Studio Visit: Bultman Ceramics

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I met Heath Bultman a few years ago through Jean & Dylan of Ladies & Gentlemen, but I only became familiar with his work when he held a very personalized 6 session crash course on slip casting in his garage/studio. Among the shelves, tools, plaster, and buckets sat a couple of mugs that I couldn't stop picking up - their form and feel were just so inviting! What stayed with me from the 6 week course (in addition to the mugs) was witnessing Heath manipulate clay with what seemed like full control of the medium. 

Heath pours slip into a plaster mold.

Heath pours slip into a plaster mold.

Lamp bases & mugs await firing. Heavy molds are stowed below.

Lamp bases & mugs await firing. Heavy molds are stowed below.

Custom tiles by Bultman Ceramics. 

Custom tiles by Bultman Ceramics. 

Glaze experiments hang above a wall of wrenches.

Glaze experiments hang above a wall of wrenches.

When Heath brought his pieces by the shop in early October, I asked him how his mug handles didn't look or feel like they'd been slip cast. Heath revealed that he does take extra time to work the handles of his mugs so that they have the feel he wants. The characteristics of Bultman Ceramics are not loudly announced by forms or glazes, they're just quietly... right.

Bultman Ceramics is currently producing mugs and lighting with great care in their Crown Hill home/studio. 

-Chika

Photo Credits to Jean Lee & Bultman Ceramics.