Sierra Ceramics is the work of artist and art educator Joe Taylor. Joe lives and works in Kings Beach, Ca on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Joe's work is an exploration in play and self expression inspired by his personal adventures and his time working with children. He is interested in activities that initiate immersive experiences which allow for one's sense of self to dissolve. It is in this flow state that he can access playfulness, perseverance, humility and new perspectives. In moments of solitude, like that of the desert or a late night studio session, Joe allows time to slow down enough to activate a sense of wonder in the world.
Joe makes functional and sculptural ceramics with a variety of fuel burning kilns. Most recently he has undertaken the construction of a 30 cubic foot downdraft salt kiln at his family studio in Walker Lake, NV. This kiln uses propane to bring the temperature to 2300 degrees, at which point table salt is introduced to the chamber and vaporized into the atmosphere as a glaze. The salt glaze covers all of the walls, shelves and pots on the inside of the kiln which leaves a beautiful and unpredictable food safe finish on all of the work.